The Matric Wireless CAN Bridge was taken to extreme limits this past summer during the Formula SAE racing competition held in May, 2007, at the Ford Proving Grounds in Romeo, Michigan.
Cornell University students approached Matric aspiring to incorporate a wireless link to their on-board CAN network based monitoring system with the Matric CAN Bridge. They could receive real-time data from the various on-board sensors during the race and various events.
One Matric CAN Bridge was installed atop the roll bar to ensure an unbroken line-of-sight to the stationary CAN Bridge that was connected to a computer collecting and processing data from the vehicle.
The 9-time world champion 2007 Cornell Racing team was not as successful as they were in past competitions. They were unable to finish the endurance event due to a loose cable from the main power source, but scored well in other events. Although the Cornell team finished in 45th place, they learned some very important lessons that will help in the future designs.
What is FSAE?
The Formula SAE® competition is for SAE student members to conceive, design, fabricate, and compete with small formula-style racing cars. The restrictions on the car frame and engine are limited so that the knowledge, creativity, and imagination of the students are challenged. The cars are built with a team effort over a period of about one year and are taken to the annual competition for judging and comparison with approximately 120 other vehicles from colleges and universities throughout the world.
For more information about Formula SAE racing, please visit: http://students.sae.org/competitions/formulaseries/