Students at Flint's Kettering University put finishing touches on project for next week's auto show

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FLINT (WJRT) (01/08/17)--It's a special project that has had students working around the clock inside Kettering University's AutoDrive garage.

"Sweat, blood, and tears. It's been since July that we've been preparing," said Noah Lukins.

Next week, Kettering's SAE AutoDrive team will have its self-driving car on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

"It means a lot to me, to be able to represent all of the awesome opportunities this school has. We're really focused on engineering and this is the wave of the future, so I'm excited to share that with everybody," said Lindsey Malson.

The Kettering Bulldog Bolt as it's known as actually a competition vehicle, gifted by General Motors.

"GM has given us an almost stock Chevrolet Bolt. It's really on us to create the future of tomorrow, to create this autonomous vehicle. What we're aiming four is a Level 4 autonomous vehicle which means it can handle all the steering, breaking, accelerating, all on it's own," said Lukins.

Kettering's creation still needs a few finishing touches over the next days in order to become Auto Show ready.

"We've added some more cameras into it. We added a computer into the back," said Tyler Allen.

The Bulldog Bolt won't be autonomous for the show, but it should be self-driving by late April, just in time for Kettering to duke it out against seven other University's at GM's AutoDrive competition in Yuma, Arizona.

"This is the first time that SAE and GM has put this together, so it's really good to get some exposure at the show and let everyone know that, yeah, Kettering is actually doing something with the future of technology," said Allen.

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