Technical Evaluation, Development, and Implementation of a Remote Monitoring System for a Golf Cart

Technical Evaluation, Development, and Implementation of a Remote Monitoring System for a Golf Cart

Claudio Urrea (Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Chile) and Víctor Uren (Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Chile)
Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 24
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1022-2.ch010


A technical evaluation of the sensing, communication and software system for the development and implementation of a remote monitoring system for an electric golf cart is presented. According to the vehicle's characteristics and the user's needs, the technical and economic aspects are combined in the best possible way, thereby implementing its monitoring at a distance. The monitoring system is used in two important stages: teleoperation and the vehicle complete autonomy. This allows the acquisition of video images on the vehicle, which are sent wirelessly to the monitoring station, where they are presented through a user-friendly interface. With the purpose of complementing the information sent to the remote user of the vehicle, several important teleoperation variables of a land vehicle, such as voltage level, current and speed are sensed.
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Wireless monitoring of vehicles is an area that has developed only in the last few years and is now covered by some companies that offer remote monitoring service for vehicles, mostly using Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, i.e., by means of a device installed in the vehicle it is possible to know its location through the interaction of the device with satellites. In some companies that offer that service, the information on the vehicle's position is carried together with other signals coming from different sensors that monitor the various events desired by the client, using mainly the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) and General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) technologies (Glasgow et al., 2004; Chunga & Oh, 2006; Li et al., 2013).

Wireless monitoring in vehicles has also been and is a research subject at educational centers, such as, for example, the Instituto de Investigación en Ingeniería de Aragón (I3A) of the Universidad de Zaragoza, created in 2002 by a decree of the Government of Aragón, Spain, where there is an applied research group called “VEHIVIAL” (Castejón et al., 2006). These researchers have developed teleoperated vehicles, showing that adequate monitoring is essential. On the other hand, in the same institution the Grupo de Tecnologías de las Comunicaciones (GTC) works at the automobile industry with the purpose of conceiving vehicles that can be viewed as mobile terminals that require telematic information and services in an interactive manner (Satyanarayana, & Mazaruddin, 2013; Kantharia et al. 2014).

The same as in other countries, in Chile there are developments in this field. In Santiago, a group of students of the Universidad de Chile developed the first Chilean solar vehicle, called “EOLIAN,” which is equipped with a monitoring system. After the data capturing made by the vehicle, they are sent via radiofrequency to a computer that displays them on screen by means of an interface created with the LabVIEW software.

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