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GS1140-Assignment 1: DARPA Challenge

How would you define this problem? What are the major problem components, and what obstacles do you for see?

* Terrain/weather conditions (Unexpected bumps / road damage, majority of which is out of our control, but we will work around them by equipping the vehicle properly) * Vehicle (Making sure the vehicle has proper gear and can withstand terrain/weather conditions) * Route (Tunnel shutting out equipment for navigation, turns, off course)

How fast do you need to go to complete the course in the allotted time?
It takes 17.5 mph to finish 175 miles in 10 hours but considering the obstacles, turns, and weather/terrain conditions we can boost it to 19 mph giving us an estimated finish time of 9:12:37 What is the fallacy of considering the above average speed- what you need to consider?

* Turns from mountain passes will cause the vehicle to slow down * Weather conditions such as rain, dust storms and heat could cause the vehicle to wither and slow down * Road hazards / obstacles such as holes in the ground causing vehicle to get stuck, rocks that may block the vehicle

What strategies can you use to avoid obstacles?

* Scanner systems (RADAR, LIDAR, GPS) for tracking, routing and incoming obstacle detection * 4 wheel drive letting the car maneuver faster and run smoother off road * Vehicle suspension with added aerodynamic side skirts/ from heavy wind to reduce drag and wind noise, Will also help to produce down force to improve traction and cornering abilities for turns

What are some disadvantages of the route information you receive, in terms of the vehicle driving the route?

* Road hazards(obstacles/potholes) * Tunnel will cause a possibility of GPS failure causing vehicle to get lost * Weather strain on vehicle such as heat causing engine failure, dust storms causing sensor malfunction, this causing vehicle to go off course

What strategies can you use to prepare your vehicle for the route once you receive the information?

* Off-road gear (tires, anti-weather) off-road tires will make a great traction for the dirt road and even muddy roads in case it rains, Anti-weather amour will protect the vehicle from rain and dust storms * Suspension, fairly off the ground to avoid us from slowing down if vehicle was to hit rougher terrain * Scanner systems (RADAR, LIDAR, and GPS) these scanners are the bread and butter of an autonomous vehicle. RADAR for obstacle detection, LIDAR for terrain/ geographical mapping, and GPS for routing

MTBCF stands for mean time between catastrophic failures. What kind of failures do you anticipate in the testing phase?

* Off course, if GPS is not routed properly or the tunnel will completely shut us out * Vehicle breaking/slowing down from dust storms slowing the vehicle, overheating from the sun * Weather conditions, making sure the vehicle can withstand it

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