After a brief hiatus another design challenge is upon us here at Element14, and that means that my weekly summaries are returning as well. Before we get started with week one, I want to take a moment and fill you in on the details of this new challenge. Dubbed IoT On Wheels, this design challenge is centered around the NUCLEO-L476RGNUCLEO-L476RG development board from STMicroelectronics, and task its challengers to utilize the Internet of Things to make their car, bicycle, or other wheeled transportation smarter, safer, and easier to use. If the previous two design challenges from 2017 are any indication, we are in for a real treat over the next few months, so let’s dive a little deeper in and learn more about this challenge, and its challengers.


IoT On Wheels Design Challenge


About The Challenge


Featured as the third design challenge of 2017, the IoT On Wheels Design Challenge opened for project idea submissions in June of 2017, which was met with many submissions from community members. As I mentioned earlier, the challenge is based around the NUCLEO-L476RG development boardNUCLEO-L476RG development board which is built on the STM32L4STM32L4 Arm Cortex M4 line of processors. Challengers have ten weeks to develop their project, and share their progress in a series of weekly update post. By posting a minimum of ten update post, challengers become eligible to win several awesome prizes, and the chance to become one of our prestigious design challenge winners.



Entering the challenge is not limited to just the ten chosen community members though,  anyone can join the Challenge as a non-sponsored Challenger. Here's how: Simply get the low-cost NUCLEO-L476RGNUCLEO-L476RG and integrate it into your project, as well as post 10 blogs about your design journey in the IoT on Wheels space (tagging your blogs 'IoT on Wheels'). All Challengers must build their projects in accordance with the Challenge's terms and conditions and all projects must include the  NUCLEO-L476RGNUCLEO-L476RG


The Official Kit, and The Prizes



On September 4th, 2017 Element14 announced which 10 community members were picked to participate in this challenge, and those 10 challengers received a kit of sponsored components to use in their design which was sponsored by STMicroelectronics. Each kit contains the following items:



To learn more about each of these components or to purchase them to use in your own project, visit the official kit announcement at the links above.


Each challenger is competing to win one of three prize packs that feature prizes ranging from a Segway Mini Pro, to an Oculus Rift VR headset, Bicycle GPS system, GoPro Hero 5, and even a radio controlled hobby truck. Other prizes include tools from Duratool, a bench power supply, and even a high end pair of headphones. All challengers who complete ten blog post and finish their project will also receive a prize pack including a tool kit from Duratool, a heat gun, and digital multi-meter. These prizes are open to all who enter the challenge, despite not being an official challenger, with the requirements being the same: Use a STMicro NUCLEO-L47RG and post ten blog post by the challenge’s deadline on November 13th.


The Judges


Judging for the IoT On Wheels Design Challenge will be performed by two representatives from STMicroelectronics: Martin Hubik and Vladimir Janousek (), along side the well respected Dr. Radmehr Monfared of Longborough University, and Rachel Peterson from the Element14 community. .


For any general questions about the challenge, judging or anything else, you can post a 'comment' on the About This Challenge page ( Your fellow Challengers or anyone following the challenge are likely to respond.


The Challengers and Their Projects


I have listed out each project with a link to its respective challenger’s profile page. Below each project is a brief description of the project in its creator's own words. I will update this info once project names have been set in stone, and their blog pages created.


Project: Smart Bike Smart Rider (SbSr) by Gurinder Singh Gill (gsgill112)

Gurinder endeavors to build a smart bike that will detect pot holes advise on weather conditions and grade a cyclists ride based on gradients of hills Safety is another key feature that will get an overhaul with the  X-NUCLEO-IKS01A2X-NUCLEO-IKS01A2 Board


Project: Smart drive by Sergey Vlasov (vlasov01)

“I'd like to build a collaborative system, that will connect different participants on the wheels. They will be able to share data collected during their travels, Especially valuable will be data related to events like emergency breaking, collisions, crashes, this data will be linked to the position, speed and other information collected from the sensors."


Project: The Konker Connection by Douglas Wong (dougw)

"My Konker motorcycle is a great little machine for exploring the backwoods, overgrown trails, seldom used pathways, dirt trails and back roads. It is street legal but it is designed and built to go off-road. I also use it for commuting to work as it gets great gas mileage. It has only rudimentary instrumentation - in keeping with its rugged purpose, but I would like to outfit it with some useful extra features and this design challenge is a perfect excuse to take a run at implementing them."


Project: Avoid the Bump by Abhijit Nathwani (abhijitnathwani)

"The idea is to create a system which tracks the potholes as the vehicles navigate through the city and locate their geographic location so that it is easy for the authorities to fix them. Through the system, I plan to remove one major hurdle/excuse for the authorities claiming they do not know the location of the damaged roads and potholes."


Project: Vehicle Temperature Alert System (VeTAS) by Shantimohan Elchuri (shantimohan)

"Now a days we have been hearing about death of children being left inside hot cars. None of the vehicles driven today, old or new, have any way of intimating the drivers that either the car interior is getting hot, left a kid in the car or both. Hence this VeTAS project will enable the drivers to get notification when things are going wrong. "


Project: Traffic Predictor and Auto Pilot by Dixon Selvan (dixon415)

"It is everyone who will be annoyed to end up on a busy street with never ending traffic. This made me come up with an idea to machine learn and collect information through the mass storage capability of STM32 Nucleo-64 development board. Using the information collected, we can predict the routes the user use and the traffic he/she will face. We can suggest him/her with the alternative route or time which will save him/her from the traffic."


Project: Smart Road by Grant Colgan (brains93)

"I had though, why make a vehicle smarter when you could in theory make all vehicles smarter by making the roads smarter. Using a fabric (or some other means of integrating with the tarmac) you could have smart patches throughout a road with various sensors for measuring temperature, humidity, wind speed and average speed of traffic, the smart road could then broadcast status messages to a console in a car warning of Ice, high winds or even if the traffic is slowing rapidly. This could be made available via a custom made device to pick up the signals or using an app for the consoles which are in built in most cars."


Project: Fatigue Alert System by Dale Winhold (dwinhold)

"I have a sleep disorder and this ups the possibility of falling asleep while driving. Fatigue is a factor in up to 21 per cent of motor vehicle collisions, resulting in about 400 deaths and 2,100 serious injuries every year. At 21 per cent, fatigue would rank as the third highest cause of collisions behind impaired driving and speed. This is an issue that needs to be addressed."


Project: Walking Wheels on Water by F. Yao (fyaocn)

"Make the wheel walking on the water is to make one plane on floating barrel and passive wheels. The plane can not fly on air, but can float on water and move on road. Driven by propellers."


Project: Cycle-Ops Security by Parker Ellwanger (rpbruiser)

"Most people who ride a bicycle on  a regular basis are aware that it is of up most importance to secure your bike, as it is a significant investment, and you would not want it to be gone by the time you get done at work or in the grocery store. Many people are also aware that it isn't as easy to have GPS or use one's phone for navigation on bike as it is in a car or motorcycle. This project interest me as I have seen many bicycles on my college campus stolen and is one of the reasons I have hesitated in bringing one myself. If I can increase security and safety through making a smart bicycle I feel as though it would make it easier for more people to use the bicycle as a mode of transportation."


As I mentioned earlier, you do not have to be one of the ten chosen challengers to participate in this challenge and still be able to win a prize. Element14 encourage’ anyone who wishes to participate in this challenge to do so. Simply include a STMicroelectronics NUCLEO-L476RGNUCLEO-L476RG in your project, and then post ten project update blogs across ten weeks.


That is going to wrap up things for today, I am a little behind due to power outages and other issues from Hurricane Irma, but I plan on getting out week 1’s update later today. Then you can check back each and every week for the duration of this challenge for a summary post from the previous week’s updates. If you would like to learn more about this challenge, and to see what progress has already been made, head over to the its official challenge page, and as always, remember to hack the world and make awesome!

Weekly Summaries About This Challenge

  1. Design Challenge Weekly Summary: Intro to the IoT On Wheels ChallengeDesign Challenge Weekly Summary: Intro to the IoT On Wheels Challenge
  2. Design Challenge Weekly Summary: September 6 - September 16, 2017
  3. Design Challenge Weekly Summary: September 17 - September 23, 2017
  4. Design Challenge Weekly Summary: September 24 - September 30, 2017
  5. Design Challenge Weekly Summary: October 1 - October 7, 2017
  6. Design Challenge Weekly Summary: October 8 - October 14, 2017
  7. Design Challenge Weekly Summary: October 15 - October 21, 2017
  8. Design Challenge Weekly Summary: October 22 - October 28, 2017
  9. Design Challenge Weekly Summary: November 5 - November 11, 2017
  10. Design Challenge Weekly Summary: November 12 - November 18, 2017 Final Week
  11. IoT On Wheels Design Challenge Summary