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Arrow Electronics Helps Racecar Driver Sam Schmidt Regain Independence Two Decades After Accident Leaves Him Paralyzed

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“To me, driving is freedom.”

On Jan. 6, 2000, a racing accident left IndyCar driver Sam Schmidt paralyzed from the shoulders down.

Twenty years later, Schmidt is driving again at speeds up to 192 mph. To help Schmidt reclaim his independence and drive again, engineers at Arrow Electronics modified a Chevrolet Corvette to create a smart, connected vehicle that he can operate safely and independently.

Arrow Electronics Expands Opportunities for Disabled at 2018 No Barriers Summit

Arrow SAM Car Driver Sam Schmidt Delivered Event’s Keynote Address
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Arrow Electronics sponsored the 2018 No Barriers Summit in New York City, a two-day event that unites people from all walks of life and inspires them to reach their full potential.

Arrow Electronics Celebrates SAM Car Project on National Autonomous Vehicle Day

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In honor of National Autonomous Vehicle Day, Arrow Electronics is celebrating the success of its Semi-Autonomous Motorcar (SAM) Car Project, which has broken barriers to mobility for the disabled community.

Arrow Electronics’ SAM Car Spotlighted in the International Corporate Citizenship Film Festival

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Arrow Electronics is showcasing its award-winning SAM Car project in the International Corporate Citizenship Film Festival. The festival, which honors excellence in corporate citizenship, relies on public voting to determine a “fan favorite” and finalists in each of its three company-size categories.

Arrow Electronics Technology Makes Historic Race Possible

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Racing legend Mario Andretti went head-to-head with former Indy Racing League driver and current Verizon IndyCar Series team co-owner Sam Schmidt in the world’s first semi-autonomous vehicle demonstration race at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May.

Schmidt, who is paralyzed from the chest down, drove a Corvette Z06 that global technology company Arrow Electronics modified so he can drive it using only the motions of his head. Andretti challenged Schmidt in a similar, Arrow-modified Corvette Stingray.

Adaptive Technology Gave Quadriplegic Racecar Driver Sam Schmidt Back His Dream. It Holds the Potential to Do More

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Last month, members of Booz Allen, Arrow Electronics, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and the Human Engineering Research Laboratories got together to celebrate “diversability” and the power of innovation and technology. Read more about the Driving Innovation event and the history of the pioneer of the Semi-Autonomous Motorcar, below.

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Last month, members of Booz Allen, Arrow Electronics, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and the Human Engineering Research Laboratories got together to celebrate “diversability” and the power of innovation and technology. Read more about the Driving Innovation event and the history of the pioneer of the Semi-Autonomous Motorcar, below.

Arrow SAM Car Technology Featured in Upcoming Schmidt vs. Andretti Showdown

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CENTENNIAL, CO, May 12, 2017/3BL Media/ - Since 2013, Arrow Electronics has teamed with former racecar driver Sam Schmidt to evolve the Arrow SAM Car, a semi-autonomous car loaded with technological innovations that Arrow hopes will one day have broader applications for independent living.

Arrow Electronics SAM Car Project Continues Driving Innovation Forward

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For the past four years, Arrow Electronics has teamed with former racecar driver and current Verizon IndyCar Series team co-owner Sam Schmidt on automotive innovations with the potential to help people with physical disabilities lead more independent lives. Or in Schmidt’s case, to help them recapture their passion for racing.

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Sam Schmidt to Take on Mario Andretti at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
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As originally published on Schmidt Peterson Motorsports online | spmindycar.com

Former INDYCAR drivers Sam Schmidt and Mario Andretti announced they will go head to head in a race next month at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports co-owner and Indianapolis 500 legend will race semi-autonomous cars on the circuit’s 2.439-mile permanent road course on May 13 ahead of the INDYCAR Grand Prix.

Arrow Electronics’ Semi-Autonomous Car Hits Record 152 MPH with Quadriplegic Former Racecar Driver behind the Wheel

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Indianapolis, Ind. May 24, 2016 /3BL Media/  – Former IndyCar driver and current team owner Sam Schmidt reached a top speed of 152 mph on Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a newly designed semi-autonomous motorcar (SAM) developed by Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW). Schmidt, who has been paralyzed and unable to use his arms and legs since a racing accident in 2000, completed the record drive in between qualifying laps for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.  

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