Autonomous Driving System Dedicated Vehicle

July 12th 2018

As the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) 2018 Formula Student event gets underway, Hypermotive are excited to reveal their involvement in the development of the all new Autonomous Driving System Dedicated Vehicle (ADS-DV) unveiled by Ross Brawn at the launch event yesterday evening.  Commissioned by the IMechE, the vehicle has been developed collaboratively between Hypermotive (electrical system and powertrain), DJ Racecars (chassis and mechanical Design) and Streetdrone (autonomous drive computer).  The purpose of the vehicle is to allow student teams to develop autonomous control sequences on a ready-made motorsport platform.

Jeremy Bowman, Engineering Director of Hypermotive said “This project has provided a great opportunity for our engineering team to showcase our wide capability to develop electrical systems and integrate these alongside other powertrain components to provide an autonomous development platform to support university teams competing to develop the best artificial control code.  Our team has developed a bespoke 48V traction battery, battery management system (BMS), electrical safety systems and a new electronic controller with a loosely coupled dual CPU architecture providing autonomous control CAN gateways, battery safety systems and overall vehicle electrical system management and control.  In addition, we have integrated dual high-performance air-cooled motors from Saietta with the precision control of the Sevcon Gen4 DC motor controller which allows fast speed and torque control.  Steering is made possible by the use of the Shiftec steer-by-wire motor and controller.  Other components include a data logger with WiFi capability provided by CSS Electronics of Sweden and remote E-stop (RES) from GrossFunk of Germany.   Hypermotive have also provided a unique emergency braking system which allows the vehicle to stop rapidly using disc brakes by the use of pre-accumulated hydraulic pressure, so any development AI code that doesn’t go to plan can be rapidly stopped from a safe distance using the RES.“

Adam Huckstep, Managing Director of Hypermotive said “I’m very proud of the achievements of our team and the way we have worked closely with the other project delivery partners to bring this exciting technology to realisation. I look forward to seeing us take this project forward now to multiple cars and teams entering the FS competition next year.”


Formula Student 2018 is running now through to Sunday 15th July at Silverstone with public admission over the weekend and Hypermotive representatives will be onsite throughout the event.