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Throughout the course of this semester we designed and built an electronic control unit for a gas-powered go-kart. The goal for our project was to design and install an electronic control unit that would incorporate: an electronic throttle, an electronic kill switch, two tachometers – one to measure vehicle speed and one to measure engine shaft speed – with LCDs to display the speed and RPM values. The control unit, displays, and controls were mounted on steering wheel and dashboard housings that included two LEDs to display the status of the engine kill switch and a speaker which beeps to alert the user that the engine is ready to be started once the control system has been activated and initialized. The finished go-kart can be seen in Figure 1.


Final Project Report for ENGR-4367 Mechatronics

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