Dynamic tracking of a race car

King, Joshua (2006) Dynamic tracking of a race car. [USQ Project] (Unpublished)

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A race car driver's track position at any time is essential to safe driving, smooth driving (which can minimise vehicle and driver fatigue and concentration loss) and most importantly, a quick lap time. Unfortunately, in order to find the best line can take a lot of work and laps, generally due to the fact that a driver's perception of track position differing from the actual track position of the vehicle. Robotic Total Stations (RTS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) are becoming more common for the use of machine guidance in the construction, farming and mining industries. Similar systems can be used to report a race vehicles position on the track. By using RTS or GPS, in a way so the driver can study their line taken for each lap, the driver can be made aware of differences between their actual position and their perceived track position. The report should be viewed not on the track but afterwards together with lap times, so the driver can take time to study and adjust their line taken. This procedure will allow the driver to view the line taken to achieve the quickest lap times, whilst saving time and completing a minimum number of laps. Also this can lead to fine-tuning a driver’s technique by highlighting individual laps and sections of the circuit that may require a change in the driver’s technique. Therefore once the project has been completed a better understanding of the applicability of both RTS and GPS to track and map a race cars track position will be known, as well as which is the better system for the task.


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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Surveying and Land Information
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:07
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:44
Uncontrolled Keywords: global positioning system (GPS); robotic total stations (RTS); race car; tracking; robotic; automatic tracking system (ATS); trimble
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 09 Engineering > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090906 Surveying (incl. Hydrographic Surveying)
09 Engineering > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090904 Navigation and Position Fixing
09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090602 Control Systems, Robotics and Automation
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/2476

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