The Design of an Autonomous Vehicle Research Platform
Walling, Denver Hill
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Self-driving cars used to be a concept of a future society. However, through years of research, testing, and dedication they are becoming a modern day reality. To further expand research and testing capabilities in the field of autonomous vehicles, an Autonomous Vehicle Research Platform (AVRP) can be developed. The purpose of an AVRP is to provide researchers with an autonomous ground vehicle testing platform they can outfit with sensors and equipment to meet their specific research needs. The platform will give researchers the capabilities to test algorithms, new sensors, navigation, new technologies, etc. that they believe would help advance autonomous vehicles. When their testing is done, their equipment can be removed so the next researcher can utilize the platform. The scope of this thesis is to develop the operational specifications for an AVRP that can operate at level 4 autonomy. These specifications include navigation and sensing hardware, such as LIDAR, radar, ultrasonic, cameras, and important specifications that pertain to using each, as well as a review of optimal mounting locations. It will also present benchmarks for computing, design specs for power and communication buses, and modifications for universal mounting racks.
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