Project

This project includes the development and production of a camera system to replace the convex mirrors on the front of semi-trucks. This system will reduce drag on the vehicle, improve visibility around the vehicle and increase driver accountability. The end result will be a camera system than can be integrated into any existing tractor-trailer, or vehicle of similar size. Using two cameras mounted on the fenders of the cab, and a removable, wireless and self-powered rear-view camera, the camera system will increase safety and reduce drag on the semi-truck. In this design, we take into consideration our Christian design norms to promote caring, stewardship, and justice on the road. The camera feeds will be aesthetically displayed in the cab to assist the driver while being simultaneously recorded to enhance driver safety and accountability. The target audience of truck drivers is key in our design and a sample group will be consulted for design consideration.
Product Block Diagram

Status

✅ Order Parts
✅ Program Communications
✅ Program Display Outputs
✅ Design Case & Mounting Components
✅ Lab Test
✅User Consultation

About Us

About Us

Located in Grand Rapids MI, Team 16, aka SEMI-Pro, is a group of senior engineering students attending Calvin College. Our interest for this project was driven by our desire to enhance the world and ensure roadway safety.

Our Team

Taylor Mulder
Taylor Mulder
Electrical/Computer
Adam Christensen
Adam Christensen
Mechanical
Robert Lanser
Robert Lanser
Mechanical
Isaac Embertson
Isaac Embertson
Electrical/Computer

Latest news

  • Senior Design Night

    Senior Design Night has come and gone. We got to share some time with our families and friends, and show them what we have been working on all year. Inontime let us borrow our truck to display our system and the senior engineering students got to enjoy a good meal with their families and professors. […]

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    CEAC Review

    Last week the team presented to our design work to a small panel of Calvin engineering alumni who assessed our engineering methods and gave us valuable feedback. We are nearing our deadline and almost have a complete prototype. Within the next couple of weeks we all have to finishing assembling our design, create a poster […]

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  • Parts and Assembly

    Parts are in! Our main order of parts has fully arrived and things are being pieced together. Thanks to a generous donation from Gentex, who donated some cameras, we have visuals up on our displays. Our prototype camera case has just been 3D printed and will be put to the test shortly. Looking forward, our […]

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    Drag Tests

    Robert and I spent a weekend performing some drag-force tests on a truck’s convex mirror. Mounted to the roof of a car, the mirror pivoted on an arm and the force was measured with an FSR sensor connected to an Arduino. We found that at 60 mph, the mirror alone creates 15 N of drag! […]

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  • Start of the Semester

    The semester is underway and our team is starting strong. The electricals, Taylor and Isaac, have submitted an order of parts to being prototyping. Robert, one of our mechanicals, has begun testing on traditional convex truck mirrors for a comparison to our proposed system. We welcome you to our site and hope you check back […]

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