PAVE open house 2014

If you’re interested in driverless vehicle technology or any form of robotics, join us at PAVE’s open house on Wednesday,  September 17th, from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Sherrerd Hall Atrium.  Come see Phobetor, a past PAVE project, as well as P13, PAVE’s new car. We have exciting plans for P13 this year, so stop by and see how you can get involved!

PAVE Alumni Reception

We’re hosting an alumni reception during Reunions. Come hang out with our alumni and learn about PAVE’s past projects, as well as our going-ons this semester.

Where: Sherrerd Hall Atrium
When: 11:00am-noon, Saturday, May 31
What: Past and current PAVE members will meet to discuss the group’s history and current projects. A great chance for alumni to reunite and meet current undergraduates with interests in automation and robotics. All interested parties welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

Hope to see you there!

P12 hardware progress

After replacing the Motor Electronics Coolant System temperature sensor on Prospect 12 and rebooting the ECU, the car now runs again.  Over the past few weeks, P12 had been displaying signs of engine problems, so yesterday we removed the engine valve cover and discovered that the engine’s second cylinder seems to be damaged.  To prevent the broken parts from falling into the cylinder and causing further damage, we plan to try and remove the damaged valve next weekend.

P12 can still and run for an extended period of time, so we can resume working on hardware and electronics projects necessary for the automation of the car. This includes many of our projects from the Fall that have been put on hold-signal IO and actuator taps, computer setup, sensor connections, and shifter design. If anything peaks your interest, stop by the garage! Hardware meetings are typically 3-5:30 on Saturdays.

P12 has been hanging in there, but it is aging and showing signs of wear.  Consequently, PAVE is currently looking into donation options for getting a newer car. To make a contribution of offer suggestions, contact PAVE president Joseph Bolling at jbolling@princeton.edu.

PAVE in the news! Spring Semester Opener

Last Friday, February 14th, Hank Flynn of My9NJ Chasing New Jersey stopped by the transportation studio at Sherrerd as well as the garage to take a look at what we have been up to for a news story featuring PAVE.

This semester, PAVE is planning to ramp things up! Photos of the current state of P12 and the garage, and hybrid battery replacement have been uploaded to the image gallery. If you’re interested in working on P12, don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing Joseph Bolling at jbolling@princeton.edu. P12 seem like too big of a commitment? No problem! We’re hoping to hold some general members events this semester, so be sure to check back for updates!

PAVE Open House

Come to the PAVE Open House this Wednesday (September 18th) from 5-7:00pm in the Sherrerd Hall basement! Learn about PAVE’s past endeavors, check out Prospect 12 and Phobetor, and see what we have planned for this semester. There will be cool people, cool robots, and pizza!

If you can’t make the open house but are still interested in getting involved this semester, contact PAVE President Joseph Bolling (jbolling@princeton.edu).

PAVE Alumni Reception

Come to the Sherrerd Hall basement this Friday from 11am-noon for PAVE’s alumni reception- current and past members are all invited, as well as anyone else who’s interested.  We’ll be talking about our past projects and ways to make PAVE better in the future.  Light refreshments will be provided.  See you there!

PAVE Spring Update

Things are moving quickly this semester! Some updates on our work-

Prospect 12

P12 has been meeting regularly on Saturdays-12:00 to 1:45pm in the Sherrerd Hall Basement for software, 2:00 to 3:30pm at the PAVE garage for hardware work. We’ve been working on re-establishing communication with our steering column sensor and on setting up a new network for the computing hardware in the back of the car. If you’re interested in joining up, send an email to PAVE president Joseph Bolling at jbolling@princeton.edu.

Phobetor

PAVE’s submission to the 2013 Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition is just finishing up a major software port onto the ROS framework. Over the coming weeks we’ll be writing and testing new code for the robot, replacing its motherboard and batteries, and writing up the documentation for the competition this June.  The Phobetor team meets Wednesdays from 7:30-10:30pm in the Sherrerd basement. Email jbolling@princeton.edu for more information.

IGVC Meeting!

PAVE will be holding an interest/planning meeting for the 2013 Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition tomorrow (Wednesday, February 27), at 7:30pm in the Sherrerd Hall basement to go over plans for the semester.  We’ll be submitting a revamped Phobetor to the competition in early June, so between now and then code needs to be ported and improved, and the robot needs to be mechanically revived.  It should be an exciting project, and we invite any interested students on campus to come to our meeting tomorrow and find out more!

Back from the Grave

PAVE is pleased to announce the successful migration of our website to it’s new home on Princeton’s cPanel environment, after an extended leave of absence. We’re still working out some of the kinks in the new system, so please forgive any broken urls or unloaded images.  In the meantime, check here for upcoming PAVE meetings and events!