Basically it's the feasibility of my senior design project. this year we're doing group projects and we generally do pick our own projects but i got put into a group that had already picked and what I'm worried about is whether or not such a project is possible to put together in less than a years time with acceptable results that stays within our budget.
The project is to make a fully autonomous car that can follow another car in front of it. I know it's really easy to make something to directly follow what's right in front of it, but here's the tricky part: The car needs to follow at a distance of about 1-1.5 meters and it can't just go straight at the leading car, it has to take the same path, because we're designing this to be autonomous for highway roads. Additionally the following car is FULLY autonomous and receives NO input from the lead car and the cars should be going about 3-5km/h.
Personally, from my limited knowledge, this project seems incredibly difficult, if not impossible. My team is made of me (biomedical engineer), a computer engineer, and an electrical engineer. None of us have a background in robots, only circuits and some programming. One of my groupmates has also taken a microcontroller class.
I would like to hear what you all think of the feasibility of this project and how you think it would be possible to implement it, if it is in fact possible. Rather than just stating that it is feasible or not, please also explain why/why not.
By the way, total funds are probably around $1000 tops.
Thank you for any help or advice!