Re-engineering the driving display of an electric FIAT 500
Felice Gasperoni is leading the project of transforming an old FIAT 500 car into a full electric vehicle, using today's technologies. Two master theses have been carried out in 2012/13 on the mechanical and electrical issues (batteries, motor, power conversion). It is time now to attack the problem of displaying driving and non-driving information to the driver, by re-engineering the display where speed, autonomy, and other car parameters are made available.
The goal of this master thesis is to solve what is basically an instrumentation problem: analyze the system (what variables to display, from the most essential to the most "fun" ones; how to instrument the re-engineered electrical car (sensors, etc); how to display the information) and to implement, test and validate the chosen solutions.
One of the key constraints is that the FIAT 500 original display is just a disc of about 12cm diameter. Since this car has an obvious "design" touch that we want to respect, the master thesis will be co-supervised from the "design" point of view by La Cambre Industrial Design school.