Embedded System Design for Vehicle-to-Cyclist Communication




This Master Thesis project aims to design a battery-operated communication unit that should fit into a cyclist helmet. Potential warning messages are planned to be transmitted from a vehicle to a cyclist (V2C) if a risk for collision is detected. The project is unique by making a cyclist part of a vehicle wireless network where the traffic messages are broadcasted and exchanged. Design of sensors and interfacing electronics should support detection of traffic situations where vehicles and cyclists can collide. The successful development of a cyclist communication unit is expected to significantly reduce the number of injured cyclists in traffic.

Project description

The project will start with technology mapping and demonstration of communication with commercially available Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) modules. As the next step, the bicycle helmet unit will be miniaturized and adapted for battery operation. All required sensors for vehicle and cyclist position and risk scenario detection must be added to the communication units. The corresponding sensor electronics should be designed to interface the stand-alone unit in a car. Sound-based signals to warn the cyclist are planned to be integrated in the final prototype. The main goals of the project are: a) demonstration of a new type of communication from vehicle to cyclist; b) increased road safety for cycling and c) feasibility of a new product for cyclist helmets. The project consortium consists of POC Sports, RISE Acreo, Scania, Volvo Cars, Swedish Cycling and RISE Interactive Institute.

Required skills and abilities

A potential candidate is expected to have the following skills to perform the thesis.

  • Electronic circuit design (signal integrity, schematic and PCB implementation).
  • Sensor electronics (interface, analog or digital readout and control).
  • Embedded systems (microcontroller C/C++ programming).
  • Working proficiency in both English and Swedish.
  • Ability to work in a team, open and motivated for new challenges.

Project duration and location

The thesis is planned to start in January 2018 and be carried out at the RISE Acreo premises in Norrköping. A remuneration of 18 700 SEK will be paid upon successful submission and approval of the Master Thesis.

About RISE Acreo

RISE Acreo offers innovative and value-adding ICT solutions for sustainable growth and competitiveness in industry and society. As one of Europe’s top research institutes, we provide cutting edge resources and technologies within Sensors and Actuators, Power Electronics, Digital Communication and Life Science.

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