Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School

College of Engineering and Technology

First Advisor

Qin Hu, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Vijaykumar Mannari, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Ann R. Eisenberg, Ph.D.


This project aims to gain knowledge and test theories related to autonomous vehicles using an electric golf cart as a test platform. There are several goals set, including obtaining electrical and controls experience related to autonomous driving and expanding their electrical engineering skills. The project has the potential to benefit the general population, as the electric golf cart shares similar attributes to a motor vehicle. Through diligent work and research, three key objectives have been achieved: transforming the previous single Arduino system into two mega Arduinos, reconfiguring the placement of the steering motor, and implementing an emergency braking system. Improving the golf cart's steering, voltage regulator "throttle," and braking system using sensors to address existing complications. The primary goal is to use remote control to test applications instead of LiDAR, supporting future plans to make the project autonomous.