Augmented Reality ATV

Augmented Reality Use for Vehicle Repair and Maintenance

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G03 Project Summary

Vlad Samonin, Tamkin Rahman, Sam Marriott, Peter Buhler


The goal of this project is to build a proof of concept augmented reality application that provides a user with repair and maintenance assistance for an all-terrain vehicle. Augmented reality is gaining traction as a technology for providing users with more intuitive and interactive training, which this project hopes to explore.

The project is broken into three main components: the augmented reality (AR) application, the controller subsystem, and the web service. The augmented reality portion of this project consists of an application developed for Android and Microsoft Hololens, that provides a user with augmented reality repair tutorials and AR real-time diagnostics from a remote vehicle. The augmented reality application is implemented in Unity. For the controller portion, a JCA Hummingbird controller is mounted to the ATV, which is programmed to send real-time diagnostic information from the ATV to the web service via wifi. The web service is implemented as a web application hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS) servers and is used to manage communication between the controller and AR application. The subsystems communicate with each other via REST API commands.

The final project has met all proposed performance metrics. The AR application is successfully implemented according to the metrics on the target platforms (Android and Hololens). For example, it contains two AR repair tutorials for users to go through, and it can present diagnostic information to the user in an AR environment. The web service can communicate with multiple devices concurrently, and is able to receive data from the controller and send it to the AR application. The controller subsystem can retrieve diagnostic data from the ATV and send it to the web service in real-time.

Performance Metrics

The system was designed according to specifications laid out in the proposal, with minor changes due to reasons that are explained in the appendix of the final report. These specifications are shown in Table 2, along with the actual outcomes. Overall, all of the proposed metrics have been met or exceeded.

Table 2. Table of performance metrics.

Section Description of Measure Proposed Outcome Actual Outcome
Overall Supported platforms. Android (Phone), UWP (Hololens) Android (Phone), UWP (Hololens)
Number of tutorials implemented. >= 2 tutorials 2 tutorials
AR Application Able to display vehicle diagnostic data. Pass Pass
Able to move and rotate the view of 3D objects in the AR environment. Pass Pass
Able to use speech recognition and hand gesture recognition for interaction with the Hololens application. Pass Pass
Able to place a 3D model of the ATV on the ground (via ground plane detection). Pass Pass
Able to request vehicle data from a web service. Pass Pass
Able to download user manuals from a web service. Pass Pass
Web Service Able to connect to and accept data from multiple clients simultaneously. >= 2 client connections >= 100 client connections
Able to connect to and send data to multiple clients simultaneously. >= 2 client connections >=100 client connections
Controller Application Able to post simulated data to a web service. Pass Pass
Able to post real (i.e. from the vehicle) data to a web service. Pass Pass