McMaster: ADAS Systems Are Go!

The McMaster EcoCAR3 team is proud to be at the forefront of automotive safety through the use of ADAS. Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are an amalgamation of human-machine interface that when used together increase: pedestrian, driver, and vehicle safety. Through the use of radars, a centrally mounted camera, and an embedded program, McMaster’s EcoCAR3 team has been able to successfully detect vehicles and traffic obstructions out on the road.


The team’s active radar system emits radio waves that are reflected from objects in the vehicle’s path. Due to the radio signals emitted, the radar can function independently of ambient lighting conditions allowing for accurate measurements of target and on-coming vehicle and pedestrians.


The central camera unit functions as a passive sensor. Through reflected ambient light, the objects presented in the 3D space are generated into a 2D representation of the scene. Both the camera and the radar system work in unison as a sensor fusion system to verify and validate object classification out on the road.

With the team’s customized heads up display (HUD), driver has access to: recommended speeds (based on conditions), acceleration and deceleration indicators, lane departure and advanced brake warnings.


Building from previous years of competition, the ADAS team has been an integral component to our competition vehicle.  By improving the overall safety of the driver, we aim to prove a more integrated and fulfilling experience on the road.

The team’s successful integration of proprietary algorithms, and hardware sensors are helping to ensure optimal safety and driving experience in their E28 hybrid Chevrolet Camaro. Together, with EcoCAR3, the team is focused on creating a safer and more efficient performance hybrid. With the final competition in May, the McMaster EcoCAR3 Team is excited to compete and showcase their innovations towards hybrid automotive excellence.


“Integrating our system in in the car for the first time and getting preliminary results was one of the most satisfying moments of the competition and as an engineering student,” Richard Hamilton, McMaster EcoCAR3 ADAS Team Lead