All journeys come to an end. In these episodes we have told you about the passion, commitment and dedication of the students of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia who, starting from a blank sheet, have built a single-seater from scratch destined to compete in the Formula SAE, a championship in which the major world universities compete by deploying competition cars made by students on the track.
Specifically, if possible, the challenge of the team protagonist of this series is even more ambitious, since it has created a self-driving single-seater.
There is a moment in the journey where you need to stop and see where you started from. It is here that we remember the sacrifices, the efforts, the strokes of genius and the setbacks that marked the path. And it is here that the keywords of the adventure are recited like a silent mantra: Sense. Think. Act. Not just words, but almost a lifestyle: perceive, think, act.
Diletta – so the team has chosen to call the prototype – can read the surrounding environment through a special series of sensors, can plan the driving strategy and put it into practice by activating the steering, engine, transmission and braking system depending on the path that stands before it.
Put yourself in the shoes of the boys for a moment. Think of the fatigue, the hours of sleep lost and invested in the project, the difficulty of achieving all this in such a delicate historical moment as the one we are experiencing, marked by the pandemic. And with an academic path to be respected, including lessons, study and exams.
Look at their eyes: the eyes of young dreamers who see themselves employed in the world of cars and motorsport, who invest in themselves and in the group, with a cohesion and a will to achieve results which, we say it is beyond rhetoric, is it happened a few other times to see so strong and so rooted. And the first result came in July 2021: the team made its debut remotely at the Formula Student IMechE in Silverstone (UK), winning the “Class Autonomous Design” award.
But this is only the beginning. The first set in motion is unforgettable. Just as the trip was unforgettable.
DID YOU KNOW THAT …
The students built a diagnostic implementation completely from scratch. In fact, the Bosch Motorsport engine control unit is a special high-performance control unit and is not equipped with any pre-set diagnostic protocol. The students used the Bosch KTS 250 diagnostic tester that is normally used in workshops, making a diagnosis tailored to their project. The tester stands out for its high ease of use thanks to the intuitive user interface and is developed on the Android system. KTS 250, equipped with Bosch ESI workshop software[tronic], allows an efficient diagnosis of the control units on almost all types of cars on the market, covering about 150 brands.