HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
REGISTER   |   LOGIN   |   HELP
Blogs
Blog

Motion Control is Key to OSU's Futuristic Electric Car

NO RATINGS
View Comments: Threaded|Newest First|Oldest First
Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Dune buggy?
Ann R. Thryft   2/28/2013 12:58:18 PM
NO RATINGS
Looks just like an old dune buggy, made to make driving on sand easier, instead of impossible, and it sounds like a similar design, as far as how it drives.



Jack Rupert, PE
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Dune buggy?
Jack Rupert, PE   2/28/2013 2:16:20 PM
NO RATINGS
Ann - then all you need to do is enclose it, add some heat and you can use it in a Wisconsin snowstorm!  Actually, ignoring the "open concept" I wonder how something like that performs in less than ideal road conditions.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Dune buggy?
Ann R. Thryft   3/1/2013 12:43:53 PM
NO RATINGS
Motion Control is Key

Jack, I didn't think driving on snow is all that similar to driving on sand.



Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Foldable cars
Charles Murray   2/28/2013 6:04:15 PM
NO RATINGS
Cool -- great story, Liz. The idea of foldable cars is gaining momentum. I saw a video of one in japan and another that was created by MIT's Media Lab. See link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1MSMj08BVU

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Foldable cars
Elizabeth M   3/1/2013 5:46:02 AM
NO RATINGS
Thanks, Chuck! Yes, I thought this was pretty cool. Can you imagine bending a car to fit into a parking spot? I remember many a time when I lived in San Francisco when this concept would have been not just appealing but also saved me hours of looking around for parking, not to mention incredible frustration. Thanks also for the link, I will take a look.

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Foldable cars
Charles Murray   3/1/2013 6:59:18 PM
NO RATINGS
Problems like those you mention in San Francisco are also commonplace in Japan, Liz. I don't think it's any coincidence that Japanese car manufacturers are looking at the foldable car concept.

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Foldable cars
Elizabeth M   3/4/2013 4:51:33 AM
NO RATINGS
Yes, as they say, Chuck, necessity is the mother of invention. Although perhaps maybe instead of inventing folding cars, people should just walk, bike or use public transportation more! But they would certainly come in handy in big cities where there is limited parking space...and perhaps they also could be more fuel efficient and economical as well.

apresher
User Rank
Blogger
Futuristic Electric Car
apresher   3/1/2013 9:18:33 AM
NO RATINGS
Chuck, Thanks for the video link.  I was having a tough time visualizing how this folding concept might be implemented.  Very interesting.

Al Klu
User Rank
Iron
Market for Folding Cars
Al Klu   3/1/2013 11:03:16 AM
NO RATINGS
A more exciting use of a folding car would be for the camping community.  If the vehicle would fit on the back of a 6.5' pickup truck bed, (gate up), this vehicle could be used in campgrounds.  Golf Carts are too large for the truck bed.

kodaiflow
User Rank
Bronze
Would be very helpful in hybrid truck or bus design
kodaiflow   3/1/2013 11:53:25 AM
NO RATINGS
It would be great if this research could lead to motor assemblies that could clutch out or tolerate overspeed.  Multi-wheel driving is primarly for traction contol at low speeds and poor surfaces.  If small motors could be added to the trailing axles to help the rig in starting and manuvering, and disengage at highway speed, it would really help drivers.

 

Does the electical drive have an VFD equivilant of a differential?

William K.
User Rank
Platinum
Motion control is the key.
William K.   3/2/2013 8:07:40 PM
NO RATINGS
It is an interesting concept, but the car would never make it to market unless a lot of the crash safety rules are changed. Not to be discouraging, but those safety rules get in the way of a lot of good ideas these days. I do like the concept of four wheel drive only at low speeds, though. Consider that you never ever get stuch at 45 MPH. Getting stuck is a slow speed thing, and so either electric drive for the "other two" wheels, or possibly a hydraulic motor to drive them, could be of great value in not staying stuck. OF course the two extra driving wheels would need to have the over-running clutch arrangement to avoid overspeeding. That same type of arrangement would also be good for the stop-start engine car, since it would allow coasting up to red lights and stopped traffic. 

The selective application of variable torque to all 4 wheels does seem like it could be of some value in poor traction conditions, but it would undoubtedly be of most value to those very unskilled and inexperienced drivers, much more than to those drivers who are able to handle poor conditions. So here uis a question to consider: Is it worthwhile to develop a system that only benefits the worst ten percent of all drivers? Especially when it will cost everybody a fair amount more?

The car that will be able to solve the parking problems is the one that will be able to right-angle park within the standard parking lanes. That car, folding or not, will be the problem solving game changer.

Partner Zone
More Blogs
Samsung's fitness-oriented smart watch features a curved super AMOLED touchscreen display.
Unlike industrial robots, which suffered a slight overall slump in 2012, service robots continue to be increasingly in demand. The majority are used for defense, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); and agriculture, such as milking robots.
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
These are the toys that inspired budding engineers to try out sublime designs, create miniature structures, and experiment with bizarre contraptions using sets that could be torn down and reconstructed over and over.
Design News Webinar Series
3/27/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York / 7:00 p.m. London
2/27/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York / 7:00 p.m. London
12/18/2013 Available On Demand
11/20/2013 Available On Demand
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Apr 21 - 25, Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Class: April 29 - Day 1
Sponsored by maxon precision motors
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service