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Sunday, 08 November 2009


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NJAV Goals

1) Improve the design and implementation of the 2008 vehicle.


2) Have a working vehicle by the End of December 2009.


3) Have an optimal vehicle by the beginning of May 2010.


4) Take 1st in the 2010 IGVC Competition.



Project Information

    The types of Engineering it takes to make this project successful are listed below with the types of hardware and applications that field might see throughout the duration of the project.
Electrical Engineering:
  • Detectors
  • Sensors
  • Radar Ranging
  • Batteries
  • Radio Controlled E-Stop
  • Voltage Regulation
  • Electrical Protection and Safety
  • Power Requirements
  • Potentiometers
Computer Engineering:
  •  Image Analysis
  • Fuzzy Logic
  • Computer Programming (C language)
  • Control Algorithms
  • Machine Vision
  • Video Cameras
  • Microcontrollers
  • Data Acquisition
  • Guidance Systems
Mechanical Engineering:
  •  Mobility
  • Speed Control
  • Weight Distribution
  • Traction
  • Weather Proofing
  • Welding
  • CAD design and modeling
  • Turning Radius
  • Power Sources
  • Tachometers
  • Stress Analysis

NJAV Updates

09 -
Time line of work progress was created and is being used as a guide to complete the project.  Recovery of last years vehicle and expense reports completed.

09/27/09 - Hardware architecture of the old vehicle was completed and analyzed.  The hardware architecture was unsatisfactory, so a rebuild is required.

10/16/09 - Preliminary Drawings were constructed by the Mechanicals for a new chassis.  The Electrical engineer designed a universal power box where the voltage from the batteries will be inputted and various voltages will be outputted to supply the vehicle with all the power required.  The wireless e-stop is wired directly into the circuitry of the power box.  The Computer Engineer has began testing each component to develop code and draw data.

10/30/09 - The circuitry for the power box has been created and soldered but the actual housing has not been constructed although it has been designed.  Progress for the collection of data has been moving forward and there are few components left to gather data from.  Mechanicals are now furthering their original design to include a more stable camera mount.



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