30 Jun '15, 1pm

Design News - Electronics News - Paralyzed IndyCar Driver Uses Sip, Puff, and Yaw to Drive Again

Design News - Electronics News - Paralyzed IndyCar Driver Uses Sip, Puff, and Yaw to Drive Again

When IndyCar driver Sam Schmidt lost of the use of his arms and legs after a racing accident 15 years ago, he thought he would never drive again. Earlier this year, however, Schmidt did the seemingly impossible -- opening the qualifying rounds at Indy by driving a modified Corvette C7 Stingray around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For Schmidt, who raced motorcycles before he even rode a bicycle, it was a triumph of the spirit. ”Even more than the loss of the use of my limbs, (the accident) stole my identity as a professional race car driver,” Schmidt told an audience of about 1,500 engineers at the recent Freescale Technology Forum (FTF). “So I put it behind me and figured it was something I would never do again.” But after nine months of intense work on the Corvette by a team of engineers, Schmidt hit speeds of more than 100 mph in May. He steered the car by turning his...

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