Have you ever wondered how teams make use of the sponsoring package provided by MathWorks and Speedgoat? Two of the best teams in Formula Student, Electric Greenteam of University Stuttgart and AMZ Racing of ETH Zurich, share their approach to rapid control prototyping, model-based design, and how they plan on using the testing setup in the future.
As part of the sponsoring package, sponsored teams receive a Baseline real-time target machine that they can customize with the I/O modules according to their requirements. The I/O modules can be (but not restricted to these) Ethernet, CAN, CAN FD, EtherCAT, TCP/IP, UDP, or even configurable FPGA I/O modules to many other protocol functionalities such as PWM or encoder measurement. Typically, the Baseline real-time target machine acts as the main ECU of the car; it is quite literally speaking "the brain" of the vehicle. How do the best teams in the world of Formula Student use model-based design and Speedgoat hardware to excel in these competitions?
As you might know, both teams have been top 10 teams in the FS World Ranking consistently, namely the GreenTeam of University Stuttgart and AMZ Racing of ETH Zurich. The latter even ending the 2018 season as #1. Other significant victories include Guinness World records, podium positions, and wins at Formula Student Germany, to mention a few. Daniel Kiesewalter (AMZ Racing) and Patrick Schwarz (GreenTeam) shared some critical insights about their rapid control prototyping approaches at the FSG Germany 2019 competition.