Vehicle-related open hardware projects, for both manned and unmanned vehicles.
Link to source and schematics Open source hardware and software implementing OBDII tester for cars. Two versions one using a PIC microcontroller and one using an AVR microcontroller.
an open project to build Mowbot, a robot lawnmower. http://mowbot.ro.nu/
I have created a web site where I am going to post my projects, mostly electronic but also some software. So, to start, if anyone like to enhance tail light on his motorcycle - welcome to BoldLine.org.
P.S. I don't know if you guys have a some kind of formatting standard here. So, if I posted this incorrectly could someone correct me, please?
Welcome. --DavidCary 14:38, 23 July 2007 (PDT)
small rocket computer
What kind of electronics are small enough to fit into a small hobby model rocket?
See rocket computer.
RCAP: R/C Auto Pilot: Remote Control Auto Pilot
"The RCAP2 is a Remote Control AutoPilot] for model airplanes, cars and boats. The autopilot function can be switched off or on during flight with the flick of a switch." Uses PIC16F876A to:
- read (servo) commands from the RC server
- read (RS-232) GPS location from a NMEA capable GPS (with programmable goto/waypoints functions)
- drive (servo) commands to the rudder.
What sort of electronics are useful mounted to a bicycle? Does it make any sense to mount the display on the bicycle helmet rather than on the handlebars?
- speed (miles, kilometers, and wheel RPM), trip distance covered, trip time, total distance (odometer), elapsed time and calories burned.
- pedal rpm == pedals per minute
- beep every 10 minutes to remind me to get a drink of water
- torque, force, power, etc.
- The CycleRecorder Project: "open source hardware and software project started by ... Robert Fitzsimons. The main goal of the project is to develop a modular and portable platform suitable for use with a bicycle, which can be used to record various aspects of a cyclists journey." ... used the open source tools gschem and pcb ... (also links to several similar projects)
- "Bicycle Speedometer Project" at the "solarwind" blog.
- A data logging tool for the bicycle by Wolfgang Strobl 1998: a PIC processor that interfaces between a reed contact (wheel revolution sensor) and a standard serial interface (to a handheld computer or PDA). mentions connector problems -- have USB connectors solved this problem?
- oBiCo: the open bicycle computer: ARM9 processor and ATMEGA88 processor; Micro-SD Interface; plays MP3, OGG, etc. files; TFT-color display; 3 axis accelerometer; battery charged by dynamo or USB; Logging your tour data like GPS coordinates, heart frequency, speed and other parameters to a MicroSD-Card. The p2pfoundation wiki discusses the open bicycle computer
- BEHEMOTH (Big Electronic Human-Energized Machine... Only Too Heavy).
- Winnebiko II: primary design objective -- being able to type while riding a bike
- Spoke-POV POV display.
The people at OpenROV are working on open source underwater robots for exploration, education, and adventure.
- Doug at SV Seeker in Tulsa is asking the internet for help building a "open source towed sonar remotely operated vehicle". http://www.svseeker.com/wp/sv-seeker-2/open-source-towed-sonar-rov
- "The Yellow Submarine" built by Ilan E. Moyer is a relatively small, low-cost UUV.
- "OpenProp is free software for the design and analysis of marine propellers and horizontal-axis turbines."
- SeaPerch website sponsored by the AUVSI Foundation: association for unmanned vehicle systems international
- "MIT Sea Grant Sea Perch Program"
- "Greater Philadelphia SeaPerch Challenge"
- Wikipedia: SeaPerch
FIXME: should Tulsa robotics clubs go here, or at Tulsa electronics club#Tulsa robotics groups?
Wanky The Safety Cat
Murilee Martin. "If You Can't Buy It, Build It: Wanky The Safety Cat".
has got a bit of attention:
"Any Thoughts on Wanky the Safety Cat?".
"Jalopnik’s DIY attempt at nine-lives of road safety". 
"You've seen Winky/Wanky the safety cat... ...now here's my "Dr Braker - Lazer Ed". 
"What Does A High End Camera Company Have To Do With Old Turn Signals?".
- LifeTrac -- the world's first open-source high-performance four-wheel-drive tractor
- Open Source Robotics
- EV production wiki discusses several electric open source vehicles.
- the OScar project is developing an open-source automobile. Will it get its own wiki? perhaps at Open Source Ecology: Open Source Car?
- "WIKISPEED and Open Source Ecology Announce Partnership in Open-Hardware Movement": "The open-hardware movement got a tremendous boost today when WIKISPEED... and Open Source Ecology (OSE)... announced that they are teaming up to revolutionize transportation in the developing world. ... a high-performance modular car that gets 100 mpg and meets all U.S. safety standards": OSE and WIKISPEED
- "c,mm,n", the world's first open-source car (via the Guardian)
- Are the designs for General Motors' first all-electric car -- the Lunar Rover -- available?
- Are the designs for any of the electric cars mentioned in "Wikipedia: land speed record" available?
- the Electric Unicycle: the eunicycle.
- heads-up display in a motorcycle helmet
- OpenUAV, Open Source UAV Project: "All source code/hardware schematics are open source (GPL) and can be freely downloaded from this site."
- DIY advanced high performance electric vehicle conversion project. The stop light text matrix is a pretty cool project all by itself.
- "Smart Brake Light System Would Provide More Information To Drivers"
- Openflight http://openflight.org/ wiki: "Crowdsourcing the flying car - collaborative design of flying cars"
- Massmind: "PIC_k You Brains" has a long thread on a rocket-launch computer including a big count-down display, ignition control, and various safety features.
- "Mikrokopter" AVR powered quadrocopter.
- Infineon has information on "Automotive Electronics"
- Panacea University has several open-source projects, some of them involving vehicle electronics.
- Endless-sphere.com: Electric Vehicle Technology Forums
- MegaSquirt aftermarket electronic fuel injection (EFI) controller is relatively "open" hardware -- the source code and schematics are available for troubleshooting and modification and educational purposes, but not for copying -- they can be freely downloaded from the MegaSquirt website. See also the MegaSquirt HowTos at Wikibooks: "BMW E30 Megasquirt & Wasted Spark ECU Convertion" and Wikibooks: "Nissan 240SX Performance Modification" and the DIYEFI wiki and the DIY-EFI wiki
- VEMS Wiki discusses a Versatile Engine Management System
- SourceForge: FreeEMS: A free and open source Engine Management System including both hardware and software design. Also has a FreeEMS wiki. Apparently somehow related to http://DIYEFI.org/ ? Is there a more recent version of the information in the 2008 backup?
- RCAP2 is a Remote Control AutoPilot for model airplanes, cars and boats. Uses a PIC16F876 to interface between a GPS serial port and RC servo motors. Mike Pawlowski released the original version as open hardware. Also uses a PIC bootloader. RCAP firmware at Sourceforge.
- Xarias is an embedded car computer system. It reads data directly from the sensors -- speed, rpm, fuel injectors, etc -- and displays speed, fuel consumption, engine RPM, internal and external temperature, journey time, distance, average speed and fuel consumption, total fuel consumed, cost, etc. Xarias is based on the Atmel ATMega32 MCU. The firmware is in C and is open source (GPL). All PCBs were designed using open-source gEDA software (schematic and PCB layout).
- OpenGage measures miles per gallon fuel efficiency. Open source.
- Freedom EV is an open source hardware electric vehicle.Wikipedia: Freedom EV; EVProduction wiki: Freedom EV
- Pegasus HAB Project wiki documents the Pegasus High Altitude Balloon project.
- "This is what my car needs": a "Sorry, my bad!" button 
- Multiplo is apparently an open-source robot building system. Via "Build your own robot with Multiplo"
- "er9x" is open-source custom firmware for the Atmel AtMega64 inside a Eurgle/FlySky/Imax/Turnigy 9x r/c Transmitter. The hardware includes 2 sticks, 3 pots, 7 switches, and a 128x64px screen. (via "Robotics: Questions about quadcopter and radio controller"). People are also publishing more-or-less "open hardware" mods to get it to do things it was never designed to do: Hardware Mods "9x radio Hardware Mods".
- "Wood gas vehicles: firewood in the fuel tank": "During the Second World War, almost every motorised vehicle in continental Europe was converted to use firewood. ... Wood gas cars ... Wood gasification"
(FIXME: clearly separate open-source designs for entire vehicles, including moving parts -- cars, skateboards, quadcopters, etc. -- from vehicle-related projects that have no moving parts in themselves -- miles-per-gallon meters and other measurement and datalogger tools, engine management systems, eye-catching turn signals and wheel-POV displays, etc.)