Formula car helmet features head-up display

29th July 2015
Siobhan O'Gorman

A helmet with a head-up display, enabling the driver to read the status of the car’s systems without taking his eyes off the road, has been developed by students at Technion. The helmet was developed for the third Technion Formula car, unveiled earlier this month in preparation for the FSAE, being held in Italy in September.

This is the third car built by Technion students, after the previous two recorded impressive accomplishments. In 2013 the Technion Formula team won first place in the rookies category, and last year won first place for car design and improvement over the previous year. 

This year’s Formula project team includes 11 advisors and 57 students from the faculties of Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautics, Architecture, Industrial Engineering and Management and Electrical Engineering and from the Department of Science and Technology Education. The team also includes six women students, a record number for the Israeli delegations to the competition. The project is headed by Evgeny Guy, a B.Sc. student, who last year headed the engine division.

Guy explained that the teams have made some substantial improvements and additions to the car, including reducing its weight by 15% and enhancing its aerodynamics. The teams also added a pneumatic gear system, a wheel speed sensor, a suspension sensor, an accelerator sensor integrated with a gyroscope, and a steering wheel angle sensor.

The 57 students work in specific project teams. The special projects team, headed by Michael Kuchenko, developed a series of sensors and a system with an upper display on the driver’s helmet, enabling the driver to read the status of the car’s systems without taking his eyes off the road.

The mechatronics team, headed by Ohad Basha, augmented the car with an acceleration sensor, a wheel speed sensor, a suspension sensor and a steering wheel angle sensor, as well as a Bluetooth system for sending data to a computer.

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