Publication Date

Fall 11-15-2013


School of Engineering and Computational Sciences


Engineering: Computer


ultrasonic range finder, passive infrared, motion sensor, PIC18F242 microcontroller, vehicular backup alarm system


Computer and Systems Architecture | Electrical and Electronics | Hardware Systems | Other Computer Engineering | VLSI and Circuits, Embedded and Hardware Systems


Vehicular safety has become a serious concern in recent years. Many drivers have difficulty backing out of parking spaces, especially when large trucks and sport utility vehicles block the peripheral view from smaller vehicles. This can lead to accidents and pedestrian injuries when drivers are unable to see or do not pay careful attention to their surroundings.

Vehicular motion sensor systems can alert drivers of approaching obstacles when attempting to back out of parking spaces with limited visibility. This thesis aims to explain the limitations of current systems and the research conducted by the author to develop a prototype for an improved system based on ultrasonic and infrared motion sensing technologies that provides earlier obstacle detection over a larger area.