UMKC U.S. Air Force research could produce vehicles with minds of their own If Professor Vijay Kumar’s project goes as planned, maybe texting while driving will not be the issue it is today. An automatic system would guide cars on their way, leaving the “driver” free to text, shave or even nap! Such a system could be used for national defense purposes, as well.This summer, Professor Vijay Kumar is designing and developing a prototype of a “self-synchronizing moving objects” system under the summer fellowship program at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in Rome, N.Y. In the fall, Kumar said he will seek funding from AFRL and other sources to complete the prototype at his SCE lab. See Wired Magazine or the UMKC Press Release for complete story.