Testing Visual & Communication System
The rider experience team is focusing on the visual & communications as well as the live data feedback for the rider.
The team has looked to the drone racing industry which uses light weight, wide angle cameras to transmit a first-person-view (FPV) back to a monitor or headset that the pilot uses for flight navigation. Racing at incredibly high speeds, minimal latency is crucial for pilots to successfully navigate the course.
Most standard action camera’s have a latency of 140ms or greater, whilst most FPV systems have a latency of 40ms or less giving the rider greater time to react to their surroundings.
The image above shows an FPV camera and transmitter module similar to that used in the HPV vehicle.
Current testing shown below is a test rig set up for analysing the glare and image distortion caused by mounting the camera behind the curvature of the shell.
The images below compare the distortion and glare between the camera with (below first) and without (below second) the plastic window in front in direct, low sunlight.
Whilst the glare is significantly worse when behind the window, the image clarity is still acceptable even in these worst case scenario conditions.