INDIANAPOLIS -- Former Indy Racing League racer Sam Schmidt is working with a team of technology engineers and medical experts led by Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: ARW), to return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and drive for the first time since he became paralyzed nearly 15 years ago in a racing accident.
The race car that will enable Schmidt, a quadriplegic, to drive on the track again has been dubbed the SAM Project, standing for “semi-autonomous motorcar.” The 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray has been uniquely modified with integrated advanced electronics and a human-to-machine interface. The SAM Project’s objectives are not to transfer control of a vehicle to technology but rather to enable disabled drivers to enjoy the driving experience by leveraging the power of technology.
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