Relec Supports Team Bath Racing Electric With Cockpit Display

25th October 2019

Relec supports engineering students in Formula Student Competitions

Relec Electronics is celebrating the success of Team Bath Racing electric (TBRe) in the recent Formula Student UK and Formula Student Spain.

Formula Student is the world’s largest engineering design competition. Undergraduate teams from universities in the USA, Australia, India, the Far East, and Europe compete to design, build and race a Formula style, single-seater racing car.

University of Bath’s prototype vehicle on the track @ Formula Student UK

Relec supplies Team Bath Racing with Letterbox TFT display

Relec was proud to be one of the sponsors for TBRe part of which included supplying an eight-inch letterbox LVDS TFT display for the vehicle. The display provided details of speed and distance traveled and also illustrated cell voltages, power output, battery charge, and temperature to help the vehicle team and driver develop the automotive system. The display was also used by officials at the scrutineering phase of the competition where each team’s project is assessed.

Centre Console & Interface of the vehicle @ University of Bath

What the judges said

The dashboard with the display attracted a lot of attention from judges and other teams. “This is the first time scrutineering has been sped up by a dashboard,” commented one scruntineer on discovering that cell voltages were displayed on the dashboard, rather than obtained by plugging a laptop into the vehicle.

Another engineer remarked enviously, “Our drivers have been asking us for something like this for years.”

University of Bath’s prototype car on the track @ Relec Electronics Ltd

The display

The colour active matrix touchscreen display consists of a TFT panel, a driving circuit, and a backlight system. It features an active area of 194.4 x 58.32mm (8.0-inch), a resolution of 1600 RGB x 480 pixels and 2000cd/m2 brightness, contrast of 900:1 and a wide viewing angle.

In this case, as well as an anti-glare treatment, the display was fitted with a PMMA (polycarbonate) cover lens replacing the conventional glass version which cannot be used in automotive applications.

The 8″ letterbox TFT display is particularly suitable for applications where power consumption is critical. It operates from a 3.3Vdc supply and the LED backlight operates from a 28Vdc 200mA 5.6W supply.

Relec also supplied TBRe with an HDMI AD board for use with a Raspberry Pi development board.

TBRe has taken part in the event for the last four years. This year, the university introduced artificial intelligence to the 2018 design to convert it to a fully autonomous vehicle.

VIDEO: 8 Inch Letterbox LVDS TFT Display vehicle interface @ Relec Electronics Ltd 2019

Relec is committed to supporting the next generation of engineers

Members of our technical team are always available to visit schools, colleges and universities to discuss interfacing power conversion and display technologies. The company offers practical advice and samples for projects and can offer its expertise in power or display technology as well as clothing and banners as part of sponsorship packages for educational projects in national and international challenges.

Relec specializes in power conversion and display technology. Our expert engineering team is available to guide customers through the process of specifying the perfect TFT display solution for any given application.

Team Bath Racing electric (TBRe) celebrating at the Formula Student Spain @ Relec Electronics Ltd

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