Now-a-days safety is become important aspects of
automobile industries. And automation is the key which keep the safety at our
fingers. In other words, an unskilled or less exampled can handle the
automobile vehicle with greater with safety. Various accidents happen with the
automobile vehicles which cause serious injury, and inefficient braking is most
probable reason. It is incontestable, statistically proved fact, that year on
year incidents involving a reversing vehicle account for between 20-30% of all
reported work related serious injuries or fatalities.1While parking or taking
reverse turn, driver unable to see what is behind the vehicle and obviously up
to what distance, eventually vehicle strike with the obstacle behind.7Presently,
cars have the alarm system where when the car gets too close to an object an
alarm is triggered which warns the driver about an object close by. But this
feature has produced lot of problems and is prone to human error. We have
enhanced the facility by using the same system but we have altered it so that
the car brakes automatically when an obstacle is close by. 5
seminar introduces a control systems based on electronically controlled
automotive braking system is called “Intelligent Reverse Braking System”. A
Sensor Operated Pneumatic Brake consists of IR transmitter and Receiver
circuit, Control Unit, Pneumatic breaking system. The IR sensor is used to
detect the obstacle. There is any obstacle in the path, the IR sensor senses
the obstacle and giving the control signal to the breaking system. The
pneumatic breaking system is used to brake the system. So basically here the
car brakes on its own by determining the distance from the object.
Key Words: Automatic braking, FPGA sensors, , Sensing circuit ,
An intelligent reverse braking system is
compiled with IR sensor circuit which operates a pneumatic braking system. The
main target for this project is cars can run reverse automatic braking due to
obstacles when the sensor senses the obstacles. The braking circuit function is
to brake the car automatically after received signal from the sensor. This
mainly concern in replacement of human effort by the mechanical braking. So it
is the best safety feature for the vehicles.
The pneumatically braking system stops the
vehicle in 2 to 3 seconds when speed running speed is of 50 Km and the distance
of stopping the vehicle is 1.6m. The Intelligent braking system is fully
automated. To allow the driver to park the vehicle in tight place, it has
parking mode system. In this mode sensor sensing length is reduced to 40cm
Degrees of automation are two types:
1. Semi Automation
2. Full Automation
semi automation is manual efforts with mechanical power whereas in full
automation manual participation in the work is very negligible. Intelligent
automatic reverse braking is of full automation type automation.
1.1 NEED OF AUTOMATIC REVERSE BRAKING
Years ago, when car is get too close to an obstacle an alarm is
triggered which worn the driver. In this process human error is also included.
The actual time to stop the car is response time taken by the driver plus the
time required to taken by the braking system to brake the car and time of
response of driver is much greater.
Hence, it is required to make automatic reverse braking. We use
pneumatically operated reverse braking which is activate when IR sensor senses
This system is mainly divided into two categories according to
A) ELECTRONIC OPERATION
For the detection of obstacle behind the car, the IR sensor transmitter
and receiver circuit is required. The output from this circuit is sends to the
solenoid valve which helps in pneumatic braking.
B) MECHANICAL OPERATION
When IR sensor gives input to solenoid valve
then a pneumatic brake applied to the car. For this operation pneumatic force
is used to apply the brake.
1.2 BENEFITS TO THE CUSTOMER
Intelligent reverse braking system offers the
safe driving with reliable reverse braking. As it uses pneumatic force to
operate the brake, it does not require any manual force which consequently
reduces the fatigue in braking Driving is a compulsory activity for most
people. People use their car to move from one place to another place. The
numbers of vehicles are increasing day by day. Proportionally, the numbers of
accidents are also increasing. Accidents cause worse damage, serious injury and
death. They are mostly caused by the delay of the driver to hit the brake. The
use of electronic components in automobiles is set to accelerate and with
ongoing efforts to improve safety and comfort. Cars makers in many countries
have contributed to automobiles technology by developing systems such as rear
view camera system, road-to-vehicle and inter vehicle communication system,
auto-parking system and new car technology for intelligent cars such as
intelligent transport system, hybrid car, electric car and hydrogen fueled car.
Around 250 electronic components are presently being used in a car. Therefore,
a system is proposed which will help in enhancing the performance of vehicles
and thus contributing to the upcoming automobiles technology.
To develop safety, when car gets too close to an
obstacle, an alarm is triggered which may warn the driver. In this process,
human error is also included. The actual time to stop the car is response time
taken by the driver plus the time required by the braking system to brake the
car and time of response of driver is much of a greater influence. Hence, it is
required to make an automatic reverse braking system. Pneumatically operated
reverse braking which is activated when ultrasonic sensors sense an obstacle.
A problem that often concerned by the driver is
the areas which cannot be seen by side view and rear view mirrors, which is
called as blind spot region of vehicle. Vehicles in the adjacent lanes of the
road may fall into these blind spots, and a driver may be unable to see
adjacent vehicle using only the car’s mirrors. Other areas that are sometimes called
blind spots are those that are too low to see behind and in front of a vehicle.
Also, in cases where side vision is hindered, areas to the left or right can
become blind spots as well. In several accident cases, it has happened because
of driver’s inability to monitor the blind spot region well. The main objective
for this project is that the car can automatically brake when driving in
reverse due to obstacles when sensor senses the obstacles. And also to
eliminate the blind spot regions by sensing the vehicle in sideways by the
sensors and reducing the accidents and the driver could safely change the lane
This system is mainly divided into two
categories according to operation. Electronic operation for the detection of
obstacle behind the car, the ultrasonic sensor transmitter and receiver circuit
is required. The output from this circuit is sent to the solenoid valve which
helps in pneumatic braking. Mechanical operation, when ultrasonic sensor gives
input to solenoid valve via circuit board, then pneumatic brake is applied to
the car. For this operation, pneumatic force is used to apply the brake. In
this work the mechanism has been developed to stop the vehicle from rolling
backwards when the vehicle is moving in the hill roads. Ratchet and Pawl
mechanism has been identified to arrest the motion to the front axle. Anti-Roll
Back mechanism has been fabricated and tested on the front axle assembly. The
mechanism works well. Ratchet and pawl mechanism is used in many applications
effectively where the one side power transmission is required. The project was
divided into two phases. The First phase is to demonstrate the application of
MEMS. The second phase of the project attempts controlling motors. The proposed
mechanism is to reverse brake using ratchet gear. By reverse locking the
differential is disengaged from the axle. Thus the power is directly
transmitted to the axle and hence to the wheels. This will considerably reduce
the power loss in some occasions when unwanted loss is happening due to the
transmission if power from the shaft to the ratchet gear and then to the axle
and hence to the wheels. So in mechanism the unwanted power loss in the due
course of transmission through the gear wheel is reduced.
In this work, Ratchet and Pawl mechanism is
identified to arrest the backward motion to the car. The ratchet is placed in
the front drive shaft and the Pawl is fitted with the frame. When the vehicle
is moved in the hill road, the lever has to make the pawl to touch the ratchet.
If the vehicle tends to move backward direction, the pawl would stop the
ratchet to move Counter Clock-wise direction with respect to front wheel. As
the vehicle is in neutral position, the pawl engaged the ratchet and the
vehicle did not move in. The IR TRANSMITTER circuit is to transmit the
Infra-Red rays. If any obstacle is there in a path, the Infra-Red rays
reflected. This reflected Infra-Red rays are received by the receiver circuit
is called “IR RECEIVER”. The IR receiver circuit receives the reflected IR rays
and giving the control signal to the control circuit. The control circuit is
used to activate the solenoid valve. If the solenoid valve is activated, the
compressed air passes to the Single Acting Pneumatic Cylinder. The compressed
air activates the pneumatic cylinder and moves the piston rod. If the piston
moves forward, then the braking arrangement activated. The braking arrangement
is used to break the wheel gradually or suddenly due to the piston movement.
The braking speed is varied by adjusting the valve is called “FLOW CONTROL
VALVE”. The technology of pneumatic has gained tremendous importance in the
field of workplace rationalization and automation from old fashioned timber
works and coal mines to modern machine shops and space robots. It is therefore
important that technicians and engineers should have a good knowledge of
pneumatic system, air operated valves and accessories. The air is compressed in
an air compressor and from the compressor plant the flow medium is transmitted
to the pneumatic cylinder through a well laid pipe line system. To maintain
optimum efficiency of pneumatic system, it is of vital importance that pressure
drop between generation and consumption of compressed air is kept very low. The
aim is to design and develop a control system based an intelligent
electronically controlled automotive braking system is called “AUTOMATIC BRAKE
FOR HILLS STATION”. This Braking system is consists of IR transmitter and
Receiver circuit, Control Unit, Pneumatic braking system. The IR sensor is used
to detect the hills obstacle. There is any obstacle in the path, the IR sensor
senses the hills obstacle and giving the control signal to the braking system.
Fig -1: Flow Diagram of Intelligent Reverse Braking System
The processed signal will be send to the braking
circuit. At the braking circuit, there is a controller that can process the
signal and give the instruction to the output based on condition of the signal.
For this project, controller that used is PIC 16F84A microcontroller (8-bit
microcontroller). PIC 16F84A microcontroller use the high language and easy to
do the programming. Above is shown about Flow Chart of Development of this
project. Once, the title of this project Ultrasonic Car Braking System is
selected. The identifying and understanding process was done. In this process,
I found out all notes and information related to the project.
The process was divided into two main groups
which are software and hardware development. For the software development, the
controller that prefers is PIC16F84A microcontroller (8-bit microcontroller).
Therefore all programming must suitable and match with this controller. The
process of software development is continuously done until get the perfect
For the hardware development, the focus is to
develop the circuit and board for PIC16F84A microcontroller. Besides, focus is
to develop ultrasonic circuit to implement to this project. After that, we must
do the connection between ultrasonic sensor (transmitter & receiver),
PIC16F84A microcontroller and lastly motor for the output.
The process of Integration Hardware and Software
is very important because to interface the software and hardware is so hard.
Although, the simulations will right output, it is not perfect for the real
situation. The problem will exist after we try to interface both. So, doing
analysis is compulsory to correct the software or hardware so that we can get
the right result.
The steps required to read the distance and
controlling the speed of a vehicle are:
1. Microcontroller makes the I/O line output.
(By using the DDR x Register in AVR or TRIS x Register in PIC)
2. The I/O line is made low (this may be the
default state of I/O pin)
3. Wait for 10uS
4. Make the I/O line high,
5. Wait for 15uS
6. Make the I/O line low
7. Wait for 20uS
8. Now make it input (by using the DDR x
Register in the obstacle and come back to the module.
9. Module will keep it low. Wait when the pulse
is low, as soon as that becomes high start the timer.
10. After this, wait till pulse is high and as
soon as that becomes low copy the timer value and stop the timer.
2.2 ULTRASONIC TRANSMITTER
Before transmit the ultrasonic wave, there is a
part which is ultrasonic wave generator that function to generate ultrasonic
wave. In that part, there is timing instruction means for generating an
instruction signal for intermittently providing ultrasonic waves. This signal
will send to an ultrasonic wave generator for generating ultrasonic waves based
on the instruction signal from said timing instruction means (transform
electrical energy into sound wave). After ultrasonic wave was produced,
ultrasonic transmitter transmits the ultrasonic waves toward a road surface to
find out the obstacle. The range that obstacle detected is depends on the range
of ultrasonic sensors that used.
2.3 ULTRASONIC RECEIVER
If the ultrasonic waves detect the obstacle, it
will produce a reflected wave. An ultrasonic receiver is used for receiving the
ultrasonic waves reflected from the road surface to generate a reception
signal. There is ultrasonic transducer that will transform back the sound wave
to electrical energy. This signal amplified by an amplifier. The amplified
signal is compared with reference signal to detect components in the amplified
signal due to obstacles on the road surface. The magnitude of the reference
signal or the amplification factor of the amplifier is controlled to maintain a
constant ratio between the average of the reference signal and the average of
the amplified signal.
3. BLOCK DIAGRAM AND DESCRIPTION
Ultrasonic ranging and detecting devices make
use of high frequency sound waves to detect the presence of an object and its
range. An ultrasonic sensor typically utilizes a transducer that produces an
electrical output pulse in response to the received ultrasonic energy.
Fig -2: Block Diagram of Intelligent Reverse Braking System
The above block diagram shows the main
components intelligent reverse braking system. There are two types of power
supply are required viz. electric supply for the operation of control unit and
IR sensor, and the air power supply to operate the pneumatic brake. IR sensor
consists of IR transmitter and IR receiver.5 IR transmitter transmits
ultrasonic waves continuously. When car gets too close to an obstacle, the
ultrasonic waves reflect back which was then receive by the IR receiver. After
receiving the reflected signal, it gives the impulse to the control unit. This
control unit make ON the solenoid valve. These complete processes are
electronic based which required electric supply.
A continuous supply of air through air tank is
supplied to solenoid valve. The flow control valve is used to control the flow
of air which allows the air to flow in one direction only that is only in
forward direction and block in reverse direction. When signal from control unit
receives by solenoid valve, a supply of compressed air supplied to pneumatic
single acting cylinder. Then the piston takes forward motion and consequently
brake applied to the wheel. This stops the car and accident is avoided.
Fig-3: Circuit Diagram of the Intelligent Reverse Braking System
Generally, IR sensors are fitted at rear of the
vehicle and solenoid valve is located at the front wheel.
3.1 PARK MODE AND OVERRIDE BUTTUONS
Intelligent reverse braking has override mode as
well as park mode. In these two modes difference is the length of operation of
the braking. In override mode the length of operation is about 1.6m, but for
parking mode the length of operation is 40cm.
To allow the driver to park the vehicle or
engage in tight reversing maneuvers, the system has a park mode. In this mode the
sensors are reduced to 40cm. In addition, the system has an override button that
overrides the braking system when held.
Fig -4: Park Mode and Override Buttons.
When the override button is released, the
automatic braking system is again engaged. This mode is activated when the
driver needs to reverse closer than 40cm, or when the reversing angle is so
extreme that the sensors detect the terrain.
The whole system operates only when the car is
moving in reverse direction. When vehicle is in the reverse gear, power supply
is given to the sensor unit. Ultrasonic sensors generate high frequency sound
waves and evaluate the echo which is received back by the sensor, measuring the
time interval between sending the signal and receiving the echo to determine
the distance to an object.
This reflected echo is received by the control
circuit. If there is no obstacle in a path, the receiver circuit will not
receive any signal and the whole signal remain as it is. Ultrasonic sensor receives the
reflected echo and giving the control signal to the control circuit. The
control circuit is used to activate the solenoid valve. If the solenoid valve
is activated, the compressed air passes to the double acting pneumatic
The compressed air activates the pneumatic
cylinder and moves the piston road. If the piston moves forward, then the
braking arrangement is activated. The braking arrangement will used to stop the
wheels gradually or suddenly due to the piston movement.
For the blind spot reduction, shown in figure,
two ultrasonic sensors are used which are attached at the side A pillars. LEDs
are used to indicate driver during changing the lane or at the corner. When the
sensor detects any vehicle in the range, it will send signal to the same IC
circuit used in reverse braking system and indicate on the LED screen.
5. FUTURE SCOPE
The comparator keeps comparing the values of
signal strength and the braking takes place when required as shown. This
proposed system can be easily implemented near different populated areas. The
power of the proposed system lies in its flexibility and capability of
development with little hardware changes such as changing the speed limits and
speed control methods using the software of the base station in negligible
amount of time. The proposed system is based on microcontroller technology for
collecting data related to speed and transmitting it through a transceiver to a
base station that analyzes the transmitted data and takes appropriate decisions
related to speed limit and control requirements. This experience has encouraged
us to learn more about upcoming trends and technologies and thereby adding our
bumble knowledge and experience about the vast ocean of electronics. A
revolutionary invention is made in the field of brakes. The Electromagnetic
brakes are excellent replacement for conventional automobile brakes. The use of
Electromagnetic brakes can be done for lighter vehicles also. With some
modification, a regenerative braking system can be equipped with the
Electromagnetic brakes. The Electromagnetic brakes are the future of automobile
brakes. The intelligent braking system provides a total safety in the
negligence of the driver in
emergency situation thus saving reduction in loss of precious human lives and
properties. Thus there is no doubt that this system becomes the future braking
system for the automobiles. In addition to the braking system, an additional
module is developed for controlling the direction of the vehicle. The remote
controller is developed using RF transmitter and receiver which is interfaced
with microcontroller. The whole system works only while reversing the vehicle.
When the sensor senses any obstacle behind the vehicle, it sends signal to the
control unit (FPGA). FPGA which act as a controller logic is designed with the
help of FSM, which will sense the object according to the digital input and
action will be taken accordingly. For a future development of this project, the
Logic Controller designed can be enhanced by applying more rules. By then, it
can produce better response. The response should be better and can be applied
to a real hardware model to observe the real response and yet can improve the
system. The proposed system can be replaced by an ASIC in future.
In the present work, a prototype of an
ultrasonic distance measurement for stationary obstacle is obtained. And
controlling the speed of vehicle accordingly to predetermined distance is
shown. An ultrasonic sensor, cheaper and less demanding of hardware than other
types of sensors presently used, such as the sensors based on computer vision
or radar , is used to measure the distance between vehicle and the obstacle.
The relative speed of the vehicle with respect to the obstacle is estimated
using consecutive samples of the distance calculated. These two quantities are
used by the control system to calculate the actions on both the accelerator and
also the brake, thus to adjust the speed in order to maintain a safe distance
to prevent accidents. As ultrasonic sensors can detect any kind of obstacle,
this system can also prevent collision of the vehicle with pedestrians, or can
at least reduce the injuries occurring.
October 12, 2014.
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