Grand PrIEEE

Since 2010, IEEE at UC San Diego has hosted the Grand PrIEEE competition, inspired by the Natcar competition originally created at UC Davis. The project challenges teams of five students to design, build, and race an autonomous RC car to follow a ~250ft (76m) long track of white tape on carpet. The car with the fastest lap time wins. During this project, students must learn to design analog circuitry for high currents and fine tune control algorithms to optimize track navigation.

Technical Highlights and Skills involved:

Electrical Design

  • PCB design using Eagle CAD
  • Motor driver circuit built on H-bridges and FETs

Programming & Digital Signal Processing 

  • Microcontroller programming (e.g. Arduino, Teensy)
  • Integration of motor, servo, sensors, and other external components (e.g. bluetooth modules) 
  • Motor & steering control using PID algorithm
  • Interfacing with line-scan camera and implementing filtering algorithms 

Mechanical Design

  • 3D modeling using Autodesk Inventor, Solidworks, etc. to design and 3D-print camera/circuit mounts for 1/10 & 1/12 scale vehicles

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