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Electronic engineering degree final year project ideas

  1. Jul 28, 2014 #1

    I am looking to start preparing for my final year project in my Industrial Electronic and control engineering degree and I'm trying to figure out a good strong, realistic scope for my project.

    I'm a part time student already working within the automotive industry.

    I have one idea to deep dive into a current engineering issue relating to electrical connections but
    I'm unsure how to model this?

    Any ideas around titles, or scope or even examples on the net or finding good 1st class project would be much appreciated
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  3. Jul 28, 2014 #2


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    Welcome to the PF.

    What kind of work do you do now in the automotive industry? It seems like your best bet for a project would be to do something that is applicable to your work.
  4. Jul 28, 2014 #3

    I'm actually a product engineering working within the seating sector, therefore we have some electronics but mostly controlled within the main vehicle ECU rather than the seating itself but I'm hoping to stay within the automotive side of things to use my knowledge.

    I was maybe thinking of a blind spot detection system, or a breathalyzer detection system but feel this may be too complex and probably wouldn't be able to even product product

    HELP! :)
  5. Jul 28, 2014 #4
    Does it need to be something original or can you replicate something that already exists (seeing how both those exist in one form or another).

    I don't think the blind spot system would be too difficult with the right parts :)
    Other ideas off the top of my head:
    -adaptive lights of some form (either the lights that turn with the curve or auto-dimming highbeams)
    -Some form of rear park assist
    -Some system to alert the driver when they're falling asleep
  6. Jul 28, 2014 #5
    the research, and work carried out must be original but the idea I suppose could already exist, however I think the better results would come from an original project.

    Any of the automotive ideas though, I'm worried of how I could possibly implement these? Would it maybe be better to produce the idea onto a buggy or some device.

    Would I think perform my research on different programming languages etc?

  7. Jul 28, 2014 #6

    jim hardy

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    How about an "app" that sends OBD codes and their meaning to owner's cellphone or laptop;
    along with graphics showing where the offending sensor (or whatever) is physically located;
    as well as physical routing of the wiring harness that feeds it, with connector locations highlihgted;
    and the fuse that powers it ?

    There's codes nowadays telling me things aren't working that i don't even know what they are, let alone where.
    It took me a whole day to locate a "fuel tank vent leakage check solenoid" .
  8. Jul 28, 2014 #7
    Haha the blind spot detection system is something I was thinking about doing for fun and installing on my car, not for a project. I think it'd be easier than you think. The breathalyzer, I'm not sure how to do - maybe someone with more experience with this could help you out.

    Good luck.
  9. Jul 29, 2014 #8
    Haha the blind spot detection system is something I was thinking about


    Have you seen similar systems implemented?

    Using computer based programming or PLC type?

  10. Jul 29, 2014 #9
    Hey ewrwdk,

    What are your project parameters? Specifically, do you have a budget, and what is your end goal? Do you want a working prototype, or a model? I think that the blind spot detection system, or similar device is doable.

    I think the way I would try an implement this would to have laser rangefinders (you can use an xbox kinect for example, or here's an elegant solution using an arduino: http://youtu.be/SYZVOF4ERHQ) relaying distance information to your microcontroller which can then send outputs to an led array. This may be too simplistic for a senior project, however.

    A more complicated project might be to attempt a parallel parking control using the above sensors. This could get hairy quickly and would require a bit of a foray into robotics and computer vision (I would imagine).

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