Driver Interface for Shell Eco Marathon Vehicles
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The goal of this thesis was to create a touch-screen system for the driver in the new DNV GL Fuel Fighter Urban Concept vehicle. The screen was to display relevant information for the driver, as well as a video-stream from the rear of the vehicle, acting as a supplement to the traditional rear-view mirrors. The same video stream was also to be shown online, to allow for anyone to follow the race in real time. In addition to this, a screen was to be created for the DNV GL Fuel Fighter Prototype vehicle, as well as systems for handling input from the driver, in both cars. The aim was to complete all these subsystems and install them in the vehicles, making them ready to compete in the Shell Eco Marathon competition in May, 2015. The work was performed in great collaboration with the other members of the team, requiring input and interaction with many other subsystems of the vehicle. It required careful planning and a methodical and scheduled approach. Most of the work was highly practical, and countless hours were put in at the workshop. The systems utilized premade parts, as well as custom designed parts. Required circuit boards were designed in Eagle, and custom programs were written in Python and C. The work in this thesis did not build upon any related previous work, and everything was done during the spring semester of 2015. As well as working on this thesis, the author put in time in helping the mechanical team to complete the car on schedule.The result was highly satisfactory, and the finished product of this thesis was embedded and used in the Fuel Fighter vehicles during competition. The systems were reported as being functional and beneficial, and would definitely be reused in the future.