Our solar car RED E has a lot of electronic components like the solar panel, the battery, and the engine. There are quite a few components you might not immediately think about when thinking about a solar-powered vehicle. However, these components are very important for the safety of the driver during the race in Australia. Electrical engineer Rob shows some of these components in this photo report.
1. Side blinkers
The regulations of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge require the car to adhere to certain rules for the lighting. We design the lights on our vehicle to satisfy these requirements. This is why the car has side blinkers that are connected to both sides of the solar car.
2. Rear blinkers and brake lights
During the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, our solar car RED E will drive on public roads so it needs to be able to communicate with other drivers on the road. So of course, the car also has rear blinkers and brake lights. This picture shows the rear lights of our mock-up.
3. Audible warning device
But there are more ways to communicate with the other drivers, such as an audible warning device or horn. In the picture you can see the audible device that we use in our solar car.
4. Rear camera
However switching lanes would still not be safe if the driver is not able to look backwards, because there are no rear or side mirrors in the car. This is why there is a rear view camera installed on the car.
A camera without a display would still not be of any use so we place a display for the driver to look at right behind the steering wheel. This way the driver can always be aware of its surroundings.
Do you want to know more about these electronic components? Or are you curious about other electronic components? Let us know in a comment what you would like to know about the electronic components!
Are you curious about how these components look in our real solar car? Take a look at our solar car RED E the 21st of June in The Grolsch Veste! Stay tuned for more information.