Next Generation Driver Compartment Concepts for Semi-Autonomous Vehicles
Due to the employment rules at Toyota, this project is only open to students who are authorized to work in the U.S. without restriction.
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.
Students who successfully match to this project team will be required to sign the following two documents in January 2018:
- Skill level All levels
- Students 5-7 Students
- Likely Majors A&D, CE, EE, IOE, ISD-AUTO, ISD-GAME, KINES, ME, SI
- Course Substitutions A&D Elec, Honors, ME 490, EE MDE, CE MDE, IOE Capstone, ISD-AUTO, ISD-GAME, ISD-MFG
- IP & NDA Required? Yes
- Summer Opportunity Internship Guaranteed
Model Development, Industrial Design
- ME, ISD-AUTO, ISD-GAME
Multiplex Technology; Circuits and Product Integration
- EE, CE
- Kines, SI
- IOE (Note, does not satisfy IOE Capstone substitution)
Faculty Mentor: Dan Kline
A graduate of GMI (now Kettering University) and the University of Michigan with over 40 years experience in product design and development with General Motors. During the GM career, a management lead for product design teams as well as test and development activities across all GM vehicle platforms. The last 5 years of the long career were spent as the executive in charge of the global test lab operations with key responsibilities for test technology strategies and investments in road and lab based tools and methods as well as the IT applications for data and project management that linked the GM global product development operations. Industry experience is now leveraged to provide mentor guidance to future engineers in the U of M – MDP Program.