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Data Acquisition Hardware Design for Advanced Vehicle Research


Term:

Summer

Department:

CTL: Center for Transportation & Logistics

Faculty Supervisor:

Bryan Reimer

Faculty email:

reimer@mit.edu

Apply by:

ASAP

Contact:

jflanner@mit.edu

Project Description

Our research seeks to understand how drivers engage with and leverage vehicle automation, driver assistance technologies, and the range of in-vehicle and portable technologies for connectivity and infotainment appearing in modern vehicles. To accomplish this, we are conducting a large naturalistic study of drivers in several new vehicles that are equipped with Tesla’s Autopilot, GM’s Supercruise and other similar systems. The vehicles are instrumented with a data acquisition system logging audio, video, gps, kinematic, and vehicle (CAN) peripherals. Opportunities exist to enhance the robustness and extend the capability of our current system through hardware and embedded software redesign by means of new peripheral implementation and improved debugging. The role of this UROP will be to work with the team’s instrumentation engineer on a range of improvements. The work will require a hands-on approach to hardware and instrumentation, with a focus on system integrity and building out efficiencies.

Pre-requisites

Valid driver’s license and familiarity with basic DC circuits and Unix-based systems. Experience with serial communication, Raspberry Pi, and Arduino/C++ preferred.