Due to the employment restrictions at Toyota, this project is only open to students who are U.S. Citizens.
Internships for this project are guaranteed for all members of this student team.
Students are not required to accept the summer internship in order to participate on the team.
For Level 2-3 semi-autonomous vehicles, the driver must be ready to engage with critical driving tasks when necessary. Even with fully autonomous, Level 4 or 5, vehicles, there will probably always need to be a latent function available to allow the driver be able to assume control of the vehicle in certain circumstances. This type of driving condition, where the control of the vehicle changes back and forth between robot and human, opens the door to new functional concepts for the driving compartment of the vehicle.
The focus of this project will be on the driver’s interface with the steering mechanism of the vehicle. Toyota will provide packaging dimensions of a midsize vehicle driver space including seat and pedal location and instrument panel layout. Toyota will also advise on human factors guidelines for reach and switches as well as regulatory requirements that must be met. The student team will determine the steering wheel’s retract/deploy mechanism as well as its appropriate tactile feel. The student team will also determine key steering wheel features that are both necessary and desired for each stage of autonomy.
Students on this project team will ultimately design a physical model capable of being 3D-printed to illustrate their concept. They will also use multiplex technology to optimize the functions in the steering wheel switches to be compatible with a semi-autonomous vehicle. The model will be able to demonstrate autonomous, semi-autonomous, and human-control modes. Students on this team will learn to present results in the Toyota style.
More Information Coming Soon
Students who successfully match to this project team will be required to sign the following two documents in January 2018: