Toyota's Ideas for Good asked consumers to repurpose Toyota technology to make the world a better place. One winning idea uses the Advanced Parking Guidance System to make the dangerous activity of fire fighting a little safer.
Automated Firefighting Extension Ladder Guidance System
Project Plan: Use a real fire truck to prototype a sensor pack that is mounted on the end of the truck's ladder. The sensors will communicate with a display that is placed near the operator controls to give the firefighter real-time data to help them make more informed decisions. Much like the nature of the Prius automated parking system, some manual control is still required, but influenced by the data display.
PreBuild: The team will design and build a fully functional sensor pack and operator display system including integration software. The system will be mounted and tested with the fire truck that will be used during the prototyping weekend.
During Prototyping Weekend: The team reconstructed some parts of the sensor system, including minor fabrication using hobbyist equipment. Data streamed from the sensors on a live video feed. Using the sensor system, they demonstrated operating the ladder while using the displayed data from the sensors. A Pittsburgh firefighter was present to see the action.
Shawn Sims: Team Manager, System Design, Housing Design + Build
Josh Schapiro: Electronics
Dimitry Bentsionov: Application Development
Greg Baltus: Component Fabrication and Housing Fab