The popular IndyCar driver, Sam Schmidt, was left a quadriplegic in a racing accident in 2000. In his desire to get be-hind a wheel, Sam Schmidt decided to collaborate with Arrow engineers to make his dream come true. The objective of the Semi-Autonomous Motorcar ‘’SAM’’ is to enable physically disabled drivers to experience driving again by leveraging the power of embedded technologies. Based on a modified 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray bolstered by infrared cameras and sensors and cutting-edge technologies, Sam Schmidt is now able to steer, accelerate and brake by only using his head. The sensors and cameras have been calibrated to track Sam’s head movements, so that when he looks at a spot on the road, the cars automatically turns in that direction. In regard to speed, the car accelerates when Sam blows into a specialized straw and slows down when he inhales.
On April 2015, Sam drove a 1.9-mile road course at the Long Beach Grand Prix.