Team 5: Charging On The Go
- Andrew Hallett, MAE
- Juan SanJuan, ECE
- We were inspired by in-flight refueling of aircraft. Taking this concept and applying it to electric autonomous vehicles we could potentially recharge vehicles out on the road without them needing to slow down or stop from their current task. In this project we explore methods of autonomous driving and tracking while the recharging concept is only visualized through an augmented reality overlay on the back of the low power state car. If we were to explore the charging method in another project we thought about ways of doing this through cable connections, inductive charging, or regenerative braking.
- Build 2 autonomous vehicles
- Implement autonomous driving using ROS2
- Implement a tracking solution to identify the low power state car
- Use the tracking solution to update the steering and throttle controls
- Simulate recharging through a visual representation
There was no need for 2 different designs here. The black car was the original design, which featured a hinged mechanism to flip open the electronics bay. The blue car was updated based on features that didn't work on the first vehicle. The goal for the 2nd design was to have an open, more sleek concept so the parts were easily accessible if troubleshooting needed to be performed. This vehicle also included a new feature which clipped onto the rear bumper to hold the purple tracking solution card.