Green light for BFFT: BFFT develops lap timer with traffic signal control for Audi driving experience
Ever since 2005 BFFT has provided Audi driving experience with technical support for the vehicles deployed across the globe in its driver safety training and exclusive customer events. The opening last year of the Audi driving experience center in Neuburg an der Donau added new areas of responsibility, such as organisation and supervision of special driving experiences, company events and conferences.
In mid-2014, Audi driving experience commissioned BFFT to develop a control unit to display, measure and record trip data on all driver safety training carried out in Neuburg, Austria as well as in Norway. This lap timer with traffic signal control as it is known has two operating modes: in lap timer mode, an automatic stopwatch measures the (lap) time a driver takes to cover a course or a handling stage. All the measurement data are saved simultaneously on the compact control unit installed in the glove compartment, and they can be retrieved at any time. Two powerful computers handle data transmission to the HMI and real-time processing.
In traffic signal mode, speeds, reaction times and reaction distances relating to hazard braking are transmitted in real time to the MMI and displayed to the driver. For the purposes of specific driving safety driving, an LED traffic signal control system was also installed in the vehicles. This provides the driver with a visual signal of the direction he should steer in. The signal is triggered by laser sensors installed in the vehicles and reflectors set up on the course.
Under this project, BFFT is responsible for design, build and testing of the lap timer with traffic signal control system. This also involves modification of cable harnesses and installation of the control units in vehicles, carried out at BFFT premises. There are already 15 Audi driving experience vehicles equipped with the new BFFT measurement technology being put through their paces in Saalbach (Austria), and by February, this innovative system will be installed in 25 more.