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Electronic Control

The INSTAR platform is now equipped with electronic traction control and an electronic differential. Our current test platform is powered by two independently driven motors and a split axle. Optical sensors were mounted on the front wheels of the kart, allowing researchers to determine their respective wheel speeds. If a wheel begins to slip, the torque supplied by the motors to that side of the vehicle will be lowered until control is regained. Additionally, the INSTAR platform can transmit data to an outside PC via a wireless connection, enabling researchers to see real time information on the kart’s speed as well as the conditions governing the traction control and electronic differential systems.