1/10th scale vehicle educational framework for autonomous vehicles and ADAS technologies

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  • 2017-01-0101

Published:
  • 2017-03-28
Abstract:
This paper presents the implementation of a 1/10th scale track with multiple vehicles that serves as a framework used for introducing new employees, interns or groups of student to autonomous vehicle and ADAS technologies. The framework allows new generations of potential engineers to experience software development at the intersection between computer science and engineering. Additionally, the framework can serve as a gentle and exciting introduction to automotive software development. The proposed system is based on an off the shelf 1/10th scale remote controlled car and is equipped with an Intel NUC, a full-fledged computer powered by an Intel i7 processor, providing sufficient compute power for computationally expensive perception and control algorithm. Steering and throttle actuators are accessible through a microcontroller connected to the Intel NUC via USB, which also acts as a safety controller that allows to override control signals with a remote control. The sensor setup currently includes a high-speed USB 3.0 camera, but can easily be extended by additional sensors due to the rich interfaces provided by the NUC as well as through the microcontroller. Standard Windows 10 is installed on the Intel NUC and an interface to the car’s actuators is provided through custom Matlab Simulink blocks as well as through a low-level C API, allowing for convenient implementation of ADAS and autonomous functionalities for educational and rapid prototyping purposes.
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