Overview

The engineering profession has drastically changed over the past 10 years due to societies’ constantly changing needs. Society is now shifting focus on creating an equal opportunity world for all. This is where the concept of our Integrated Autonomous Vehicle (IAV) was born. We are proposing that over the next 5 years, IAV is to be offered as a 4th year capstone project for all students in the field of Science, Technology, and Engineering. At the end of the 5 years, we intend for Carleton University to become the first campus in Canada that will introduce an Autonomous Transportation Service to help students overcome any mobility challenges they may face. With the help from students, volunteers, faculty and the community, IAV is currently building a prototype that combines state of the art instrumentation with a go-kart frame to allow for a fully driverless system. Find us on Facebook for up to date progress.

The Background

As the years go by, it is becoming more and more challenging to navigate around campus for people with impaired mobility. Whether waiting for Para Transpo to arrive, or having to climb difficult hills, there is always an extra struggle. Commuting can be a challenge for anyone. While walking over a kilometer in the cold to class, time and energy is lost. Having this new autonomous transportation service around could save students time, energy, and attract new students. It is not hard to see the potential benefits of this service, the question is how do we make it our reality?

The Rollout

The initial funds we receive will be used to purchase and develop state-of-the-art hardware that will help validate the Integrated Autonomous Vehicle concept. One method of validation is to apply our technology to the Ravens Racing electric SAE racing car. Approval is needed from the University and Ravens Racing Team before pursuing this project. We will be able to use this advanced hardware to make an autonomous racing car that can compete in international competitions. Once we validate our idea in extreme conditions, development for the Cme (Campus Mobility Evolved) project can begin in full which will necessitate a new level of community support. This is part of our 5-year overall plan.

5-Year plan:

Year 1 (2018 – 2019)

As an official Capstone Project, this year’s goals are to develop the system architecture and software, acquire the necessary hardware, and ultimately create a working prototype of an autonomous go-kart. By the end of the year, we plan to have it drive autonomously from one campus building to another, as directed by the user, following approval for the tests. With our talented team of students and lead engineers, we aim to create a transferable platform for streamlined transitions into future years.

Year 2 (2019 – 2020)

Following examples from other universities across the world, the goal for this year is to have gained approval from the school and from Carleton’s Ravens Racing Team to appropriate the Electric SAE racing vehicle into a fully driverless system. This goal ultimately culminates in entering to compete in international competitions.

Year 3-5 (2020-2023)

These years would focus on getting final designs rendered and approved by senior engineers, material acquisition, beginning manufacturing processes, and assembly and testing. The end goal is to unveil 2-3 working models based on the concept designs shown. These would be the first of their kind in Canada.

The Impact

This is a new vision for the future of the Carleton University campus. This funding will be used as a driving force behind validating this project and making the Integrated Autonomous Vehicle concept a reality. This concept will allow us to attract new industry to Ottawa and most importantly, it will show that the support for this kind of equal-opportunity technology is alive and well in Canada. It is with your invaluable support that our vision for this technology can come to fruition. Thank you for your consideration!

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