Mouser Electronics Inc., is teaming up with Local Motors and celebrity engineer Grant Imahara to build a fully transforming vehicle cockpit for 3D printed cars capable of autonomous driving. It is the latest series from Mouser’s Empowering Innovation Together educational program.
The build will focus on reimagining the interior of the Local Motors Strati, a 3D printed car, to highlight the extraordinary possibilities with autonomous car design. Features of this build will combine electronic components from Mouser’s manufacturer partners and Platinum Sponsors of the series, Maxim and Murata. The design, created by Finn Younkers of Rhode Island, features a drone mounted on the rear of the vehicle that, when launched, gives the driver a birds-eye-view of the surroundings. Younkers’ design was chosen as the winner of the Local Motors Challenge.
“At Mouser, we love to help engineers push the boundaries of innovation. It’s not just fun — it’s rewarding. By increasing innovation and the speed of technology, we can all do more to help humanity and our world,” said Glenn Smith, President and CEO of Mouser Electronics. “We look forward to unveiling the finished product soon. Stay tuned!”
“Local Motors already had most of the technology to make the autonomous vehicle figured out. This project was about taking it to the next level,” said Grant Imahara. “To do this we called on the imaginations of engineers all across the world. Mouser’s Empowering Innovation Together program and vast array of parts enabled this, so it was a great partnership to bring our shared vision to life.”
“The Local Motors approach to direct digital manufacturing and the ingenuity of our co-creation community means that we have the ability to partner with cutting-edge suppliers like Mouser Electronics to bring innovations to life at unprecedented speeds,” said Local Motors Co-founder and CEO John B. Rogers, Jr. “The Mouser Strati offers a glimpse into the future of autonomous driving right now.”