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UNR79 Max Lat. Acc.

Introduction

The ‘UNR79 Max Lat. Acc.’ test is a plugin for the VBOX Test Suite software.

The test allows the user to complete and analyse a Maximum Lateral Acceleration test as described in the UNR79 document.

Ribbon Bar

The UNR79 Max Lat. Acc. test has a unique 'Test Setup' ribbon bar, from which the test and test area can be configured.
 

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Note: Ribbon bar icons may move/ resize dependent on the Software window size.

Test

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Configure

The 'Configure' button displays a pop up window whereby the parameters of the test can be defined.

Maths Channel

Allows the user to create unique maths channels. For more information on maths channels, please see the ‘Maths Channels’ section.

Save Settings

The 'Save Settings' button will save this individual test setup and will appear in the ‘Saved Settings’ area of the ‘Add Test’ window.

This test will also be added to the list of UNR79 Max Lat. Acc. tests under the 'ADAS' icon on the 'Home' tab for easy switching of the current test.

Export (Ctrl+E)

The 'Export' button displays a drop down menu which allows the user to export either the selected results or line results to either a .csv or .txt file. It is also possible to export the data to a .vbo file for later analysis without the need to take the file from the VBOX's compact flash card. This can also be accessed by using the keyboard shortcut 'Ctrl+E'.

Gate

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Start Gate

Pressing the ‘Start Gate’ button will add a virtual gate to the chart and map area at the point of the cursor which acts as the start of the test, indicated by a green coloured line. The currently selected gate is indicated by a dark blue coloured line. Once a gate has been added, the gate width can be specified (10 m by default).

IMPORTANT - When adding a gate, the vehicle must be travelling greater than 0.8 km/h in order to ascertain the heading of the gate.

Finish Gate

Pressing the ‘Finish Gate’ button will add a virtual gate to the chart and map area at the point of the cursor which acts as the end of the test, indicated by a red coloured line. The currently selected gate is indicated by a dark blue coloured line. Once a gate has been added, the gate width can be specified (10 m by default).

IMPORTANT - When adding a gate, the vehicle must be travelling greater than 0.8 km/h in order to ascertain the heading of the gate.

Rename

Allows the user to rename the currently selected gate line (start/finish, end of bath, etc.).

Delete

Deletes the currently selected gate.

Export/Import

These functions are not applicable to this test.

Data Column

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Add

The 'Add' button adds a column to the test results area. Selecting this button will bring up a drop down window where the user can select a channel to display in the test results window.

Sort Ascending/Sort Descending

The 'Sort Ascending/Descending Buttons' will sort the values based on the currently selected column in the results area.

Run

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Select All (Ctrl+A)

The 'Select All' button allows the user to tick every run in the results area at once. This can also be accessed by using the keyboard shortcut 'Ctrl+A'.

Deselect All (Ctrl+E)

The 'Deselect All' button allows the user to de select every run in the results area at once. This can also be accessed by using the keyboard shortcut 'Ctrl+E'.

Edit Data

The 'Edit Data' button allows the user to enter session specific data such as tyre specification.

Help (F1)

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Pressing this 'Help' button will automatically open an internet browsing window and load the relevant section of the Racelogic Support Centre. This page will only be displayed if there is a valid internet connection. If there is no valid internet connection, a cached version of the relevant section (from the last software update) will be presented in PDF form. This can also be accessed by using the keyboard shortcut 'F1'.

Test Configuration

Selecting the 'Configure' button will display a pop up window where the user can define the parameters of the test. These include the lane information as well as the pass conditions.

If a pass condition is not met, the Result Column will be highlighted deep red and the whole run will be highlighted light red.

Use the up and down buttons VBTS Settings Collapse.png to the right of the parameters to Expand and Collapse the parameter headings.

Vsmin

This parameter denotes the minimum vehicle speed used as the pass condition for the test.

Vsmax

This parameter denotes the maximum vehicle speed used as the pass condition for the test.

aysmax

This parameter denotes the maximum lateral acceleration used as the pass condition for the test.

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Lanes

The lanes used within the test can be either loaded from a saved file or surveyed live within the software when in 'Online' mode. Once lanes have been configured, you can use the window at the bottom to visualise (check) the lanes, designated as L1 and L2. You are also able to change the associated colours and apply smoothing.
 

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Note: If only 1 lane is available, the software will still calculate lane range values.

Load Lanes

To load the lanes from saved .vbo (VBOX), .vbc (lane departure) or previously surveyed files, select the dropdown menu next to a lane and click on 'Load Lane File'. Navigate to the saved file and select 'Open' to load in to the software. Repeat for the other lane.
 

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Survey Lanes (Online only)

When VBOX Test Suite is connected to a VBOX in 'Online' mode, the lanes can be surveyed live from within the software. There are two options available; either using a series of 'static' points to create straight lines, or surveying a continuous 'complex' line. Select the dropdown menu next to a lane and click on 'Survey Lane'.

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Within the Survey Lane window, the current RTK status of the VBOX is shown to give you a clear indication of the DGPS correction status before you begin the survey. For the status to work correctly, the 'Solution Type' channel needs to be chosen to 'Send over serial' within the VBOX Setup Software.


RTK Status messages:

  • Fixed
  • Float
  • Not Fixed
  • No Solution
  • Unknown
Add Points

If you would like to set a series of points to be used as a lane, for example, on a relatively straight road, ensure the VBOX equipment is set up for Straight Line Surveying and use the 'Add Point' button function. Once all required points have been set (minimum of 2 points required), select 'Save' and choose a suitable location and filename.
 

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Note: The number of points added is shown within Survey Lane window.
 

Once saved, the lane will be added to the settings window. The saved lane can also be reused again later by Loading in to the software. Repeat the process for the other lane.

Survey

If you would like to survey a lane, for example, on a curved road, ensure the VBOX equipment is set up for Curved Line Surveying and select the 'Start Survey' button. Once surveyed, click 'Stop Survey'. Select 'Save' and choose a suitable location and filename.
 

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Note: During the survey, the Survey Lane window will display 'Surveying ...'.
 

Once saved, the lane will be added to the settings window. The saved lane can also be reused again later by Loading in to the software. Repeat the process for the other lane.

Load Lanes

To load the lanes from saved .vbo (VBOX), .vbc (lane departure) or previously surveyed files, select the dropdown menu next to a lane and click on 'Load Lane File'. Navigate to the saved file and select 'Open' to load in to the software. Repeat for the other lane.
 

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Survey Lanes (Online only)

When VBOX Test Suite is connected to a VBOX in 'Online' mode, the lanes can be surveyed live from within the software. There are two options available; either using a series of 'static' points to create straight lines, or surveying a continuous 'complex' line. Select the dropdown menu next to a lane and click on 'Survey Lane'.

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Within the Survey Lane window, the current RTK status of the VBOX is shown to give you a clear indication of the DGPS correction status before you begin the survey. For the status to work correctly, the 'Solution Type' channel needs to be chosen to 'Send over serial' within the VBOX Setup Software.


RTK Status messages:

  • Fixed
  • Float
  • Not Fixed
  • No Solution
  • Unknown
Add Points

If you would like to set a series of points to be used as a lane, for example, on a relatively straight road, ensure the VBOX equipment is set up for Straight Line Surveying and use the 'Add Point' button function. Once all required points have been set (minimum of 2 points required), select 'Save' and choose a suitable location and filename.
 

VBTS R79 Settings Lane Survey Add Point.png
 

Note: The number of points added is shown within Survey Lane window.
 

Once saved, the lane will be added to the settings window. The saved lane can also be reused again later by Loading in to the software. Repeat the process for the other lane.

Survey

If you would like to survey a lane, for example, on a curved road, ensure the VBOX equipment is set up for Curved Line Surveying and select the 'Start Survey' button. Once surveyed, click 'Stop Survey'. Select 'Save' and choose a suitable location and filename.
 

VBTS R79 Settings Lane Survey Start.png


Note: During the survey, the Survey Lane window will display 'Surveying ...'.
 

Once saved, the lane will be added to the settings window. The saved lane can also be reused again later by Loading in to the software. Repeat the process for the other lane.

Interim result(s)

The software allows the user to display intermediary results called ‘Interim results’. The Interim results are determined by adding in ‘Interim Conditions’.

Pressing the '+' button will add a new interim result. It is possible to have this line appear at ‘Every’ instance of the value (e.g. Every 10 km/h), ‘At’ an instance of a value (e.g. Only at 10 km/h) or 'Between' values (e.g. Between 30 km/h and 50 km/h).

When 'Columns' is selected, each interim result is shown as a column within the right hand side of the results table, if 'Separate Table' is selected, each interim result is shown as a row in a separate table next to the results table.

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Completing a Test

To start an online test, the user must first select the correct COM port from the ‘Online’ drop down menu in home tab. Once connected to a VBOX, the dashboard will change to show the 'START', 'STOP' and 'RESET' buttons.

Setting Start/Finish Lines

Before the software can begin to produce results, the user must first set the ‘Start Gate’ and ‘Finish Gate’ lines. To do this when connected to a VBOX, the user must drive to the required point on the track and press the relevant button on the ‘Test Setup’ tab. Once pressed, the software will require the user to drive away in a straight line to understand the direction of which the line should be set.

To set the start lines in a previously recorded file, the user must position the map cursor on the correct part of the track and then press the relevant button on the ‘Test Setup’ tab.

No matter whether the user is connected to a VBOX or not, Racelogic recommend that the saving of test settings once the lines have been set. This will allow the user to repeatedly recall these test lines without having to set them individually for each test.

Starting, Stopping and Resetting a Test

By pressing the 'START' button, the software will add a tab to the Test Results area ready to be populated with results once the start and end criteria have been met. The 'START' button will also change to a 'PAUSE' button, allowing the user to pause the test. To resume the test, simply press the 'RESUME' button.

To finish a test, simply press the 'STOP' button. This will stop all open tests. Once the stop button has be pressed, future results cannot be added to that results tab. Pressing the 'START' button will open up a new results tab, however once the stop button has been pressed, the user will be required to calibrate the wheel speeds again (if wheel speed channel(s) are selected) before a new test can be started.

If, for any reason, a mistake has been made during the test, it is possible to restart the test by pressing the 'RESET' button and again this will require a calibration of the wheel speeds.

Test Results Area

The test results area is the area that displays all of the results from the current test. Within this area it is possible to include/exclude results from the chart area, display the average/max/min values and also easily identify any runs which have not met the pass criteria.

Every time a new test is started (via the 'START' button on the dashboard), or a new file is loaded, a new tab will be added to the test results area, allowing the user to switch between separate tests or files and compare runs from each. A session can be removed from the results area by pressing the ‘x’ icon on the tab.

Rename file

It is possible to rename the session tab by double clicking on the tab header. Changing the session tab within the software will automatically change the name of the locally saved .vbo file.

Session Data

By pressing the 'Edit Data' button  steering_wheel1 (11).jpg next to the name of the file/run or in the ‘Test Setup' ribbon bar, a new window will be displayed whereby the user can add various different pieces of vehicle and test information, such as:-

Vehicle Overlay

The vehicle overlay section allows the user to configure the required vehicle measurement points and enter antenna placement offsets.

There is no limit to the number of vehicle measurement points that can be set.

Points should be measured from the primary antenna as shown below.
 

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Selecting ‘Advanced’ will expand the window and enable a vehicle point editing functionality, allowing the creation of custom shapes for the vehicle.

Pressing the ‘+’ button will add more points which can be configured by entering antenna offset values. Points can also be manually dragged in to place by selecting and holding the desired point.
 

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Once 'OK' is pressed, the software will create an object representing the vehicle and will overlay this on the cursor within the map area.


IMPORTANT - If no vehicle measurement points are entered, the antenna position is used for range calculations.

Other Information
  • Vehicle

    • Vehicle Model
    • Vehicle Number
    • Driver Name
    • Engine Model
    • Kerb Mass
    • Power
  • Wheels/Tyres

    • Wheel Dimensions
    • Tyre Make
    • Tyre Dimensions
    • Tyre Model
    • Tyre Pressures
  • Test

    • Test Date/Time
    • Test Track
    • Test Facility
    • Comments
       
  • Conditions
    • Weather
    • Temperature
    • Track Temperature
    • Humidity
    • Wind Speed
       

When in 'Offline' mode, the Session Data information will be saved into the .vbo file meaning that this information will be recalled every time the file is loaded into VBOX Test Suite.

When in 'Online' mode, a newly-created session will be populated with session data from the previous session.

Note: The 'Other Information' parameters are purely optional and has no effect on the test or test result.
 

To save time, it is possible for the user to import and export the session information for use in other sessions (the entire range of data is exported not just the visible screen).
 

Once the session information has been completed, it is possible to export the data to a .vbses file. This file will contain all the session information that can then be imported into the open session information field.

Result Columns

 

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Along the top of the Test results area are some default columns. These columns are:-

  • Run – Indicates which run number the results relate to, with run one being the first run completed. There is also a selection box that, when ticked, includes that run in the graph and into the Average/Max/Min/Standard Deviation calculations. Once selected, a coloured square will appear to indicate which colour this run is displayed as on the graph.
    Note: If you are loading a file offline, all valid runs are ticked automatically.
  • Time – The total time the run has taken.
  • Min Speed – The minimum speed during the run. If the Vsmin parameter is exceeded, this column will be highlighted deep red and the whole run will be highlighted light red.
  • Max Speed – The max speed during the run. If the Vsmax parameter is exceeded, this column will be highlighted deep red and the whole run will be highlighted light red.
  • Lat Accel (Max) – The maximum absolute value of lateral acceleration between the start of test and end of test. If the aysmax parameter is exceeded, this column will be highlighted deep red and the whole run will be highlighted light red.
    Note: This channel is subject to a 4th order Butterworth filter with a 0.5 Hz cutoff.
  • Lat Jerk (Max) – The maximum absolute value of Lateral Jerk, which is the rate of change of lateral acceleration, smoothed over 0.5 s. This parameter has a pass condition of ±5 m/s³, if the value is exceeded, the column will be highlighted deep red and the whole run will be highlighted light red.
  • Lane Cross – A YES/NO indication of whether the vehicle crossed the lane, if the Lane is crossed, this column will be highlighted deep red and the whole run will be highlighted light red
Adding a Column

It is possible to add columns to the test results area by selecting the ‘Add’ button on the ‘Test Setup' tab in the ribbon bar. Selecting this button will display a drop down list of all available channels which the user can select to display as a results column. By default, this value is displayed as an ‘At End’ value, whereby the column will display the value of that parameter at the end of the run.

It is also possible to right click anywhere in the test results area and select the ‘Add’ option from the dropdown menu.

To remove a column, simply select the ‘x’ icon that appears when you hover over the column title. If a column has been removed, it can be added again by selecting the ‘Add’ button and choosing the desired channel.

UNR79 Specific L1 and L2 Measurements

Within the Add column drop down menu, a list of UNR79 specific measurements are available to choose from, e.g. RangeP1_L1.


These lane range measurements are calculated perpendicular to lane headings. The created channels will be labelled L1 and L2 relative to what is shown in the 'Lane Settings' window. The range values are signed negative when the lane is to the left of the vehicle and positive when the lane is to the right of the vehicle.


Two points in relation to the lanes will exist for every vehicle measurement point. For example, the P1_L1 measurement is the range of the first defined vehicle measurement point to lane 1.

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Editing a Column

As default, a column is added as an ‘At End’ condition. It is possible to change this by selecting the column title you wish to edit (once selected, the column will be highlighted in yellow) and changing the condition in the ‘data column’ area in the ‘Test Setup’ tab of the ribbon bar.
 

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It is possible to choose the following conditions for the main results:-

  • Avg – The mean average of the parameter during the run.
  • Max – The maximum value of the parameter during the run.
  • Min – The minimum value of the parameter during the run.
  • Delta – The difference between the start and end value of the parameter.
  • Std Dev – The standard deviation of the parameter during the run.
  • At Start – The value of the parameter at the start of the run.
  • At End – The value of the parameter at the end of the run.
  • Gate – The value of the parameter at the crossing of the specified gate line (e.g. Start of Test).


It is also possible to change the displayed parameter, by using the other drop down menu on the ribbon tab and selecting the desired parameter.

Sorting the Results

It is possible to either sort the result in either ascending or descending order. To do this, first select the desired column and then click either the ‘Sort Ascending’ or ‘Sort Descending’ buttons from the ribbon bar. This action can also be performed by right clicking in the test results area.

Filters

It is possible to filter results by right clicking on a value within the cell results table (e.g. Time (s)). You can then choose to include only results with a value equal to the selected value or that have a value that is <= than or >= than the selected value for that channel. Multiple channels can be filtered, a notification bar above the results shows which filters are applied. To remove the filters, click on the 'x' within this bar.

Copying Cells (Ctrl+C), Rows or Columns

Individual results cells can be copied so that they can be pasted into another piece of software. To copy a cell, select the required cell, right click and then select ‘Copy’ or use the keyboard shortcut 'Ctrl+C'. To select multiple cells, either left click with the mouse and drag or hold down the 'Ctrl' when selecting. To select all cells between 2 cells, hold down the 'Shift' key when selecting.

It is also possible to copy an individual row, column or the entire results table. This is achieved by right clicking the required row or column and selecting ‘Copy Row’, ‘Copy column’ or ‘Copy all’.

Renaming a Column (F2)

To rename a column, you can either Double Click on the column title, right click the required column and select ‘Rename Column’ or use the keyboard shortcut 'F2' whilst the column is highlighted. Renamed columns will be included within an exported file and a generated report.

Export

Right clicking anywhere in the test results area and selecting the ‘Export’ option from the dropdown menu will replicate the function of 'Export' within the Ribbon Bar.

Average/Max/Min/Standard Deviation Values

It is possible for the software to automatically calculate the Average/Max/Min/Standard Deviation values of all relevant runs by ticking the selection box next to the relevant run number.

Once more than one result has been selected, the average, maximum and minimum values will be displayed, and once more than two results have been selected, the standard deviation of the selected runs will be also be displayed.

Selecting the tick box next to the ‘Avg’ line will add a moving average ‘best fit’ curve to all of the selected runs.

Dashboard

Along with the usual dashboard functionality, the ‘UNR79 Max Lat. Acc.’ test has some extra options that can be displayed to the user.

By selecting the 'Add Gauge' button from the dashboard tab, a drop down menu will appear whereby the user can select 'Test' and then the desired parameter to be displayed. On selection, a gauge will be automatically added to the dashboard. Any gauges displaying a result of a test, such as an average or maximum value, will have a 'Result' icon VBTS Dashboard Guage Result.png to the left of the gauge name to indicate that it is either a result of the previous run if viewing live data, or the currently selected run if viewing a saved file.

All Result Column parameters are also available as a gauge.

Showing Test Results on the Dashboard

It is possible to display the time and distance test results from the last run completed as a gauge on the dashboard.
 

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It is also possible to show the current run number on the dashboard to give an easy, clear indication of the amount of runs completed. An 'OK Runs' gauge can be added to indicate how many runs have met any specified pass conditions.
 

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Run Status

'Run Status' gauge is available for use when conducting live testing to show the status of the last completed run with regards to the Pass Conditions. It will display as a green 'PASS' when the last run has met all Pass Conditions and a red 'FAIL' when any of the Pass Conditions limits have been exceeded.
 

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Distance/Time Since Run

The user can also add gauges to the dashboard that show a live value of either time or distance since the completion of the last run.
 

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