High Speed Autonomous Vehicle Modeling and Construction 2020-01-0711
Drag racing is one of the fastest accelerating automotive sports on the planet. Specially designed vehicles compete from a standstill to their maximum acceleration in a straight line for a predetermined length. This work seeks to develop a vehicle model for a competition eliminator dragster which is a specialized vehicle built to compete in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). A simple control strategy was also developed once the vehicle model was validated. Redundant braking, steering, throttle and shifting systems were all redesigned, modeled, and then implemented in vehicle. Three key sensors (camera, radar, lidar) were also integrated on to the vehicle to enable the vehicle to know its position relative to the track. All these systems were developed and designed such that the vehicle could be autonomously driven yet enable a safe hand off for manual operation as well.
Joseph Bell, Vatche Donikian, Gregory Washington