An ATV built with a unique pattern of engineering and a combination of both technology and power.Ã‚ It runs on low pressure wide tires which are one of the toughest in their kind.Ã‚ Ã‚ This power and technology is a perfect combination for UNC Charlotte who is trying to design a unique vehicle which will be able to sense the environment and can travel any type of terrain.
The machine will have a trailer which will carry sensing equipment and it will travel in a pre defined path. They have segmented the whole process of designing into several phases documented on their website.
Project Build Phases:
- Phase I: The phase was planned for building the electrical and mechanical interfaces and designing the controls of the machine which will be automated and controlled by the computer.Ã‚ Their hard work was finally successful and the whole things worked pretty well. The pre defined route controller guided the vehicle through the route quite normally without any hassles.
- Phase II: The automated systems were planted on the machine. The computer was linked with the RC in such a fashion that it will be able to guide the vehicle without and driver. The technology they have used for this process in GPS. There is the GPS way points stored in the system memory which it will follow.
- Phase III: Starting with the test drive of the vehicle without a rider on it, the LIDAR systems and the other sensors enabled the vehicle to pass though the obstacles without any hindrances. Phase four was quite similar where the team tried to run the vehicle through a specific boundary area and where the machine will map its environment correctly and most accurately.
- Last and Final Phase: At this point of time the team tried to run the vehicle within a predefined track where all possible types of terrains were strategically placed to test the capacity of the vehicle. In this tract the machine was supposed to pull a trailer which will carry the sensing equipment. The real test begins now and to the usher surprise of the whole team, the ATV performed better than was expected.