Design and Control of a Fully Automated Vehicle door
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The objective of the research was to develop a fully automated vehicle car door that can detect any object obstructing its path during operation. A fully automated door concept has not yet been implemented in the car industry. The door, operated via a pull of the door handle, utilizes an IR sensor to detect objects in its path. The vehicle door utilizes a linear direct current (DC) actuator with a built in potentiometer to power and control the vehicle door. The built in potentiometer provides feedback to the system. Proportional integral (PI) control was implemented to the system in order to provide a smoother and safer operation. The rise time of the system is 0.77 seconds and settling time is 1.07 seconds. The operation time is 3 seconds for the door to either open or close. The automated door has greater benefits compared to a manually operated door, such as ensuring greater safety in door operation and enhancing the lifetime as the door will not be slammed during its cycle. In addition, the door will provide more convenience to physically challenged people, as they will be able to open and close the door with the push of a button.
Hong, Kyung-Min (2010). Design and Control of a Fully Automated Vehicle door. Texas A&M University. Available electronically from