P15221: Baja SAE DAQ

Problem Definition

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Project Summary

Currently the RIT BAJA SAE team has a data acquisition system that collects various vehicle parameters, however it has multiple drawbacks. The system has failed to last the duration of an endurance race, which can last up to 4.5 hours, nor has it been able to gather all data accurately and consistently.

The goal of this project is to provide the customer with a fully functional data acquisition system that will capture, store, and retrieve BAJA performance and reliability parameters while being easily integrated into the chassis. The expected end state of this project is to provide the RIT BAJA team a packaged system that can survive the long endurance races as well as being a solid base that can be build upon in years to come. The system must reliably report speed data to the driver while periodically transmit data to the engineers for real-time diagnostics.

Project Goals and Key Deliverables

Expected end result of the project, what the customer can expect to receive at the end of the project.

Customer Requirements (Needs)

Customer requirements, including importance. You may also want to include links interview notes here. Have you sought input from all the relevant stakeholders? Have you confirmed this list of requirements with your customer? Are all your customer requirements being addressed by a measurable, testable engineering requirement or constraint?

Engineering Requirements (Metrics & Specifications)

System-level and function-level requirements that define the intended performance of your system. Are your engineering requirements measurable and testable? Can they all be traced back to customer requirements?


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