Intelligent Autonomous Robotic Automobile - IARA
High-Performance Computing Lab (LCAD) at Federal University of Espirito Santo (UFES) developed an autonomous car called IARA: Intelligent Autonomous Robotic Automobile. On May 12th, 2017 it achieved a 74-kilometer autonomous journey from Vitoria to Guarapari, Brazil, travelling through city avenues and country highways, dealing with semaphores, bumps, tolls, bridges and all the traffic matters. Television and press media widely reported the fact.
|TV Globo: Autonomous car traveled 74 km from Vitoria to Guarapari, ES ||YouTube videos of IARA |
A team of students and researchers of the Laboratório de Computação de Alto Desempenho (High-Performance Computing Laboratory) of Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo (Federal University of Espírito Santo), leaded by Professor Alberto F. De Souza, designed and built one of the first autonomous cars of Brazil. Christened IARA (Intelligent Autonomous Robotic Automobile), this autonomous car was able to run autonomously for tens of kilometers at speeds of up to of 30 Km/h in urban roads surrounding the main campus of UFES (See video at ).
IARA is an experimental robotic platform, based on a Ford Escape Hybrid (Fig. 5(a)). It has several high-end sensors, including: two Point Grey Bumblebee XB3 stereo cameras and two Point Grey Bumblebee 2 stereo cameras, one Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) Velodyne HDL 32-E, and one GPS-aided Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS/GPS) Xsens MTiG (Fig. 5(b)). To process the data coming from the sensors, the platform can hold up to four Dell Precision R5500 (2 Intel Xeon 2.13 GHZ, 12 GB RAM, 2 HDs SSD of 120GB on RAID0 and GPU cards Tesla C2050) (two installed in the configuration shown in Fig. 5(b)). We implemented many software modules for IARA that currently allows for its autonomous operation, such as modules for mapping, localization, behavior selection, path following, control, and motion planning. We also implemented a software module for autonomous vehicle simulation to help in the development and testing of all the other IARA’s modules. See video of IARA autonomous operation at  and videos about other IARA’s software modules at .
|Intelligent Autonomous Robotic Automobile - IARA||Inside IARA's cockpit|
Our team is lead by Dr. Alberto Ferreira De Souza from the High Performance Computing Laboratory (LCAD) of the Federal University of Espirito Santo (UFES). The LCAD/UFES lab is located in the city of Vitoria, Brazil, and congregates several professors and students working on artificial vision, face recognition, autonomous vehicles and humanoid robot researches. To learn more about our team see LCAD/UFES member list)
|LCAD/UFES team and IARA autonomous vehicle|