Conversion of a Manually Driven Racing Car to a Driverless Vehicle
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The Infinity Racing — racing team at Kempten University e.V. has been constructing combustion engine powered racing cars for 10 years. For the 2018 season, the team decided to convert the base vehicle to participate in the Driverless competition. Additional sensors, actuators, batteries and control units were integrated into the vehicle as part of the autonomous system to enable the navigation of a previously unknown course marked by traffic cones.
The core of a technically robust overall system is the reliable supply of energy to all additional components. Compared to an electric vehicle, this created additional effort for our combustion engine powered vehicle, since it only possessed a 12 V electrical system with low battery capacity and an alternator that only just managed to supply the previous manual system. In terms of energy, the most relevant additionally installed components are the steering motor, a 48 V DC motor with 400 W of power, the braking system MK100...
The authors would like to thank co-author Maximilian Bernotat, who was active in the actuators department in the 2018 season and will be supporting the team as head of actuators department in the coming season.