Develop a Self-Driving Tricycle

Posted 1 year ago by Tyler Folsom

School(s) : STEM
Primary PI Name : Tyler Folsom
Interested? Contact Faculty Researcher by Email : tfolsom@uw.edu
Phone : 206-618-7459
Project/Faculty Website : http://elcanoproject.org
Research Location : UW Bothell
Project Goals : Demonstrate that an autonomous vehicle does not need to be a 4000 lb. car by building prototype driverless vehicles. We currently have two recumbent Catrikes modified for computer control. We will mount hardware on the second trike and get both fully working autonomously. We will automate the third (ELF) vehicle. Project Goals: Create an automated electric vehicle that uses 30 times less energy than an automobile.
Student Qualifications : The main student team(s) will be doing capstone projects in mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering and must qualify for those programs. Additional opportunities are open to students with appropriate skill sets. All team members are required to attend a weekly meeting. Roles include: Makers: Mounting and wiring components Programmers: Software is in C/C++ running on Arduino. Knowledge of Embedded Systems is helpful. Media: Web management, documentation and social media. Electrical: Modify and build printed circuit boards. Mathematicians: Algorithm development. Business: Plan system deployment
Student Outcomes : Project :Integrate and test subsystems. Fill in software for path following and obstacle avoidance. Design and build third generation printed circuit boards. Develop CAN Bus software. Show operation with recumbent tricycles. Eventually port the system to the Organic Transit ELF Student: Gain knowledge of embedded and autonomous systems. Work with a team on real-world problems.
Student Responsibilities : All team members are required to attend a weekly meeting. Roles include: Makers: Mounting and wiring components Programmers: Software is in C/C++ running on Arduino. Knowledge of Embedded Systems is helpful. Media: Web management, documentation and social media. Electrical: Modify and build printed circuit boards. Mathematicians: Algorithm development. Business: Plan system deployment.
Number of Student Positions Available : Up to 12
Time Frame : Indefinite. Students should have at least 5 hours per week.
Additional information : Open source project software is on GitHub/Elcano/Elcano.
Tags : Autonomous vehicles; Sustainability; Transportation; Embedded Systems

  • School(s) : STEM
  • Primary PI Name : Tyler Folsom
  • Interested? Contact Faculty Researcher by Email : tfolsom@uw.edu
  • Phone : 206-618-7459
  • Project/Faculty Website : http://elcanoproject.org
  • Research Location : UW Bothell
  • Project Goals : Demonstrate that an autonomous vehicle does not need to be a 4000 lb. car by building prototype driverless vehicles. We currently have two recumbent Catrikes modified for computer control. We will mount hardware on the second trike and get both fully working autonomously. We will automate the third (ELF) vehicle. Project Goals: Create an automated electric vehicle that uses 30 times less energy than an automobile.
  • Student Qualifications : The main student team(s) will be doing capstone projects in mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering and must qualify for those programs. Additional opportunities are open to students with appropriate skill sets. All team members are required to attend a weekly meeting. Roles include: Makers: Mounting and wiring components Programmers: Software is in C/C++ running on Arduino. Knowledge of Embedded Systems is helpful. Media: Web management, documentation and social media. Electrical: Modify and build printed circuit boards. Mathematicians: Algorithm development. Business: Plan system deployment
  • Student Outcomes : Project :Integrate and test subsystems. Fill in software for path following and obstacle avoidance. Design and build third generation printed circuit boards. Develop CAN Bus software. Show operation with recumbent tricycles. Eventually port the system to the Organic Transit ELF Student: Gain knowledge of embedded and autonomous systems. Work with a team on real-world problems.
  • Student Responsibilities : All team members are required to attend a weekly meeting. Roles include: Makers: Mounting and wiring components Programmers: Software is in C/C++ running on Arduino. Knowledge of Embedded Systems is helpful. Media: Web management, documentation and social media. Electrical: Modify and build printed circuit boards. Mathematicians: Algorithm development. Business: Plan system deployment.
  • Number of Student Positions Available : Up to 12
  • Time Frame : Indefinite. Students should have at least 5 hours per week.
  • Additional information : Open source project software is on GitHub/Elcano/Elcano.
  • Tags : Autonomous vehicles; Sustainability; Transportation; Embedded Systems