Driving Simulator Interfaces for Intelligent Vehicle Evaluations on Heavy Duty Vehicles

Examensarbete för kandidatexamen

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Type: Examensarbete för kandidatexamen
Bachelor Thesis
Title: Driving Simulator Interfaces for Intelligent Vehicle Evaluations on Heavy Duty Vehicles
Authors: Danielsson, Erika
Eugensson, Julia
Johansson, Victoria
Abstract: More and more autonomous driving solutions are implemented in vehicles today. These are used as a support in traffic to reduce environmental impact, congestion and accidents. For autonomous vehicles to become a reality, all systems and the driver's reactions to these has to be tested thoroughly before the vehicles are safe enough to drive on public roads. The main objective of the project was to develop the hardware of a desktop simulator for Heavy Duty Vehicles, more specifically long haul trucks. The sponsor is Volvo Trucks North America and the project group consists of students from Chalmers University of Technology and Pennsylvania State University. An additional objective was to offer the students an opportunity to experience working in a global environment. The customer needs considered of most importance was ease of use, exibility, and portability. From these needs, six possible concepts of different simulators was generated. These concepts were compared against each other in a Pugh-matrix, with the help of the customer needs. The concept chosen for further development was a three-screen setup with two different additions; a modified gaming steering wheel and a rack holding the screens (estimated cost $8,100, 65 700 SEK). The group at Chalmers University of Technology focused on the construction of the steering wheel and the group at Pennsylvania State University built the rack. It is possible to combine both additions to one working simulator. Before building the prototype, a material selection was done with emphasis placed on sustainability and environmentally friendly materials. Since some parts of the simulator are modified and specially manufactured for this project, instructions and drawings have been made. This, in combination with simple symmetries and manufacturing processes, make the parts easy to recreate. The simulator have many possible areas of usage depending on the additions, for example autonomous systems or HMI evaluations. There is also a possibility to add a Head Mounted Display to increase the driving experience, but this requires improvement of graphics and other things. In conclusion, the simulator hardware mainly consist of COTS-parts, with some modified additions which are easy to recreate. Since the rack is foldable and placed on wheels, it is to a high degree portable, even though it does not fulfill the requirement of a desktop simulator.
Keywords: Farkostteknik;Energi;Transport;Vehicle Engineering;Energy;Transport
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Chalmers tekniska högskola / Institutionen för tillämpad mekanik
Chalmers University of Technology / Department of Applied Mechanics
Series/Report no.: Kandidatarbete / Institutionen för tillämpad mekanik, Chalmers tekniska högskola : 2016:05
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12380/237772
Collection:Examensarbeten för kandidatexamen // Bachelor Theses

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