Stanford Ph.D. Jon Goh joins podcast to discuss the autonomous DeLorean at the center of his research

Author: Ted Fox

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With a Side of Knowledge is a podcast produced by the Office of the Provost at the University of Notre Dame. It brings listeners informal interviews with fascinating scholars and professionals from both Notre Dame and elsewhere that typically take place over brunch.

The 19th episode of the show’s third season, “On DeLoreans, Autonomous Systems, and the Drive to be Awesome,” was released Thursday, May 14, and features Jon Goh, who recently earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. Due to the coronavirus, the interview was conducted virtually via Zoom.

Goh’s work at the Stanford Dynamic Design Lab was integral to building a truly unique DeLorean, the ’80s car made iconic by the movie Back to the Future, that host Ted Fox first learned about after seeing a video on Twitter. In it, the car accelerated, turned, drifted, and literally burned rubber through a highly complicated race course.

And it did it all by itself.

Several Twitter direct messages later, Goh and Fox were discussing everything that went into turning a standard DeLorean into an autonomous drifting DeLorean as well as the future of autonomous vehicles generally and the practical applications of doing all of this in the first place.

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You can also listen to the episode with Goh using the player below.