FUN FACT

October, 2016

autonomous-drivers-licenseSam Schmidt, former Indy Racing League driver left paralyzed from the neck down after an accident, is the first person to receive an autonomous-only driver’s license. His Corvette has been modified with cameras and sensors which enable him to operate the vehicle with head movements, breaths and voice commands.

He is thrilled to have his mobility back after sixteen years in a conversion van. Schmidt, 52, says, “My wife hates driving that van.  It makes us look like we’re 75 and retired.”  Sam is anything but retired. He co-owns the racing team Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and chairs the Conquer Paralysis Now foundation.