ADC 2017 – Autonomous Vehicle Kit – Information, Design Guidelines
ADC 2017 is about realizing an autonomous vehicle – based on a Three Wheeled vehicular platform conceptualized by TVS Motors, operated, controlled using ARM’s Cortex M4 design kit, according to the specifications given (below).
“Build an Autonomous vehicle based on the given TVS” Automotive & ARM Cortex M4 platforms. The Autonomous Vehicle should be able to move on the test track, carry one person and meet the assessment criteria of lane, speed and brake control etc. automatically without rider’s intervention. These assessment criteria will be given as control inputs – ex: in the form of graphic codes, along the track, that have to be gathered and processed and acted upon by the vehicle while in motion.
Changes as needed for fitment of components â€“ including electronics, sensors, can be done. While the electronic control will have to be based on the given ARM Cortex M4 based kit, teams are free to plan, develop their design on the kits they are comfortable with, AS LONG AS they port the work and demonstrate ONLY based on the kit given (referred here). Teams can add any (external) fitments they deem appropriate to the vehicle platform, AS LONG AS the original kits are NOT modified.
Registered teams have to assimilate the specifications, performance metrics to be realized, conceptualize their design so as to realize these engineering objectives and submit their proposals before August 31, 2017.
Proposal should include architectural/engineering details of the solution, how it is envisaged to be realized, including the project plan, indicating various stages, milestones leading to zonals in December.
Teams should do their ground work, debrief the jury about their design intent and convince them about their readiness to formally get started – during September 8 – 10, 2017, at IIITB, Bangalore. ADC 2017 teams will be chosen based on these reviews.
Each of the chosen team will be given one autonomous vehicle kit from TVS motors, along with a ARM Cortex M4 based design kit by ARM. Each team should come prepared to carry this kit, in case they get selected for the next round (weighs at least 25 Kg) along with them (Any concern, reservation, please flag right now!) and also be ready to bring it to demonstrate their progress, at the zonals, where there will be filtering to identify the ADC2017 finalist teams.
These finalist teams will take their work towards engineering conclusion; demonstrate the same during finals at TVS Motors’ facilities during March 2018.
All the participating teams, institutions, will have to adhere to and abide by the Terms, Conditions, which are provided.
Design Challenge Specifications
1.0 Vehicle Platform:
TVS’ Autonomous Vehicle is a Three wheeled Concept Prototype. The Front Wheel is fitted with the Hub Motor. The rear two wheels are small normal wheels for motion. The Chassis is simple and has a Seating platform to carry a person. The Steering motor is mounted on the Front column below the handle bar. The battery, Motor Controller and the Autonomous Vehicle Controller Unit (AVCU) are housed below the Seat.
2.0 Design Kit ingredients supplied to ADC 2017 Teams
|Traction BLDC motor
|BLDC motor Controller
|DC Motor for steering control
|ARM Cortex M4 based Development Board
(From NxP – FRDM-K64F)
3.0 Scope of Work
The Autonomous Vehicle Kit is essentially an Electric Vehicle kit that can be modified for Vision based Autonomous Driving using the ARM Cortex M4 based development platform along with the necessary Sensors and Actuators. Scope of the work is
(a) Conceptualize the solution based ONLY on the given kit items
(b) Submit the proposal by August 31 2017
(c) Present the proposal to the jury during September 8 2017 – September 10 2017
(d) Selected teams to develop the solution, which engineering challenge comprises of:
- Development of the AV Control Unit (AVCU) FRDM Interfaces
- Integration of sensors and actuators + Wiring Harness
- Development of Software for AVCU
- Integrate the automation with the vehicle platform
- Test and validate the vehicle
- Optimize the design for the Challenges – Test Conditions
- Demonstrate on the test track
4.0 Performance Criteria
The following performance criteria will form the basis for the evaluation and decision making by the jury, at each phase.
- Lane Control
- Speed Control
- Steering Control
- Brake Control (Obstacle detection)
- Energy Utilization (Battery)
These criteria will be given as inputs along the track at some places – like standard signal, traffic condition indictors, ex. In the form of graphic code. The vehicle has to collect these, assimilate, process, take the decisions that ought to be taken, execute them, transforming the inputs into the movement patterns of the vehicle.