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Automatic Parking Vehicle System

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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June 29, 2016





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Capstone and Design Projects

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Engineering Technology

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Honghong Liu


Gene Yeau-Jian Liao Wayne State University

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GENE LIAO is currently Director of the Electric-drive Vehicle Engineering and Alternative Energy Technology programs and Professor at Wayne State University. He received a M.S. in mechanical engineering from Columbia University, and a doctor of engineering from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has over 17 years of industrial practices in the automotive sector prior to becoming a faculty member. Dr. Liao has research and teaching interests in the areas of hybrid vehicles, energy storage, and advanced manufacturing.

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Chih-Ping Yeh Wayne State University

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Dr. Chih-Ping Yeh received his B.S. degree in Electronic Engineering from Taiwan, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. Prior to joining Wayne State University, he worked as senior system engineer and data analysis specialist in defense industry. Currently, he is the Director and Chair of the Division of Engineering Technology at WSU. He has been conducting research in control systems and signal processing. His current research interests are in electric drive vehicle technology and advanced energy storage, including advanced battery systems for hybrid electric vehicles. Dr. Yeh is also experienced in developing formal degree programs and professional development programs for incumbent engineers, community college instructors, and high school science and technology teachers. He is the PI and co-PI of several federal and state funded projects for course, curriculum and laboratory development in advanced automotive technology.

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Jimmy Ching-ming Chen Wayne State University

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Assistant Professor 2015-present Wayne State University
Ph.D 2006 Texas A&M University

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Vehicle automation, autonomy and connectivity is a subject of mechatronics integrating many engineering disciplines including electrical, mechanical, control, and computer engineering (and technology). It is fundamentally changing the concept of automobile transportation and manufacturing. Therefore, developing new, technologically progressive curricula and hands-on lab as well as student project materials is desired to prepare for the future workforce needs of autonomous cars in the automotive industry. This “Automatic Vehicle Parking System” is a research and concept-proving project that will be prepared and extended to develop teaching materials for courses and students project on the subject of vehicle automation, autonomy and connectivity. In this project, an RC (remote-controlled) toy car is modified by integrating ultrasound sensors and Arduino with a high current shield to control the vehicle movements and the parking processes. Parking strategies and the corresponding algorithms are explored and programed through Arduino. During testing, the car is able to move to detect the imitated “road-side” environment, judge a space suitable for parking or not, and then drive to park automatically. A 3D printer is utilized to build the parts needed for modification. Student working processes of design, hardware modification, as well as the algorithm and coding procedures are observed and evaluated for systematic course material development.

Liu, H., & Liao, G. Y., & Yeh, C., & Chen, J. C. (2016, June), Automatic Parking Vehicle System Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26359

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