Autonomous Driving on Ice

A Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute research team is bringing autonomous driving to the ice rink — see how they add autonomous capabilities to a two-Zamboni-machine convoy.

"The connection with the Penguins and Zamboni was made for us by local autonomous trucking spinoff, Locomation, and has led to a great project of the type our program seeks, with strong systems engineering, electromechanical, sensing and programming/control aspects," said John Dolan , a principal systems scientist in the RI and adviser on the project. "It is a good example of how human-guided autonomous driving technology can be used in nonroadway domains."