Vehicle tracking and vehicle telemetry offer an economic benefit to small and large businesses, aid insurance companies, as well as play a vital part in the security and safety of our lives. Although, advanced technologies have facilitated sophisticated systems, the motivation was to create an integrated, ‘all-in-one solution’ by optimising the ever-evolving and the new technologies.
The aim of InterVehicle is to enhance the capability and functionality of telematics and location based data in a vehicle. This will be achieved by using Samsung’s interactive table, the SUR40. The SUR40 is Samsung’s new multi-touch and multiuser interactive surface table, which helps increase user productivity; by enabling the use of fingertips as opposed to using a traditional mouse. The surface table also offers a larger worktop in which to interact with; providing the user the ability to multitask and perform tasks at a greater efficiency.
The use of this system and technology can be merged with existing real world applications, providing greater and more accurate vehicle information solution to current and future smart systems.
The main goal and ambition of this project was to develop a new, complete and enhanced solution; that uses intuitive and touch input hardware in combination with a professional user interface design.
There are four main target sectors that can benefit from the use of InterVehicle:
- Fleet Management
- Vehicle Security Systems
- Insurance Companies & Accident Reconstruction
- Motorsport & Performance Feedback
InterVehicle uses existing tracking technology, such as Global Positioning System (GPS); in conjunction with automotive On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) and accelerometer data to build a driver/vehicle profile. With this profile we can see not only where the vehicle is but how it performing in real-time as well as monitoring if the driver is operating the vehicle within a set criteria (e.g. speeding, accelerating/braking hard, turning too fast, using too much fuel, etc.)
The OBD-II standard was developed by CARB, SAE, ISO and EPA to provide diagnostic feedback therefore allowing:
- Increased fuel economy
- Reduced emissions
- Notifications through constant monitoring
- Aid in diagnostics and repairs
- Capturing and displaying current engine data
- Storing and clearing of DTCs
- Requesting vehicle information
- Control of engine management systems
One of the advantages of the OBD-II standardisation is the ability to poll the system to read both the real-time data from sensors and calculations made by the ECU.
In designing the user interfaces, emphasis was given to the aesthetics and usability. This gave the user a smooth, navigational experience. The project requirement was the utilisation of the Samsung SUR40, the primary development platform.
Dashboard Cameras (Requires Editing)
Insurance companies are starting to provide their customers with vehicle dashboard cameras, to help in proving which driver is at fault in the case of an accident. The tablet being used for the telemetry capture for InterVehicle houses two webcams, a front and a rear facing. These webcams can be used in the same way that vehicle dashboard cameras are being used; the front facing camera is capable of recording the driver, this would be helpful in proving who was driving the vehicle at a particular time. Furthermore, it can also show if that driver has been consuming alcohol, using their mobile phone whilst driving or has fallen asleep at the wheel. The rear facing camera will record what is in front of the vehicle. By using these two webcams and the ability to upload data to a web service, an image stream of both cameras could be stored to a remote storage server. For example, in the extreme event of a vehicle fire a typical dashboard camera with built-in storage would be destroyed, with InterVehicle the storage is safe and is easily recovered.
InterVehicle is a distinctive project as it endeavoured to combine popular consumer products with commercial features to a new market sector that would provide an all-in-one solution. The aim of this project was to develop a tracking system that would capture diagnostics telemetry of vehicles. The airline and shipping industries have been using the more advanced and sophisticated products for a relatively long time. The motivation for this innovation was to produce a low cost solution which would be available, generally to the relevant smaller businesses but specifically to four target groups; Fleet Management, Security, Insurance Companies and Motorsports. The objective was to research and identify appropriate hardware and software in conjunction with Samsung’s SUR40. Researching the existing technologies was advantageous in taking InterVehicle to the next level.
InterVehicle is the future of vehicle black box technology.