The TerraCraft supertrike intelligently determines how many people are on board and the center of mass, how fast you are going, the angle of the turn you are making, the g-forces that are being incurred and external environmental conditions the vehicle is experiencing, then will automatically tilt the vehicle so you grip the turn, stay balanced and carve through the turns even during acceleration. The ILCS system coupled with the aerospace technology, independent steering, hardware and science make the TerraCraft the extreme exotic super-trike that rides like a bike.
Each TerraCraft vehicle uses a distributed, lean by wire processing approach. The sensing and control algorithms are shared across a variety of embedded processors and custom programmed logic arrays which are connected by a proprietary TerraCraft Motors Inc. serial bus.
The TerraCraft bus, based on military signals intelligence protocols and lessons learned from NASA's deep space communication systems, is 10 times faster than the popular CAN bus used in the automotive industry, is virtually immune to errors and perhaps most important, this proprietary technology is immune to hacking (which is becoming problematic for CAN bus systems).
The Interactive Lean Control System (ILCS) is an exclusive TerraCraft Motors Inc., patent pending technology. The ILCS is a bionic, electromechanical system that senses human leaning movements and motions while comparing it with multiple electronic sensing and kinematic systems. Alternatively the bionic controls can be turned off for fully automatic ILCS lean control.
The ILCS is a solution to an 80+ year old challenge of how to actively control a counter – steering, leaning trike at performance speeds that combines human-rated safety system designs and an intuitive, motorcyclist purist, lean control approach. The ILCS system coupled with the aerospace technology, independent steering, hardware and science make the TerraCraft the extreme exotic super-trike that rides like a bike.
Our patent-pending CoPilot technology is the “control” aspect of the TerraCraft Interactive Lean Control System (ILCS).
The CoPilot utilizes a proprietary network of sensors and an intelligent controller to lean trikes into turns exactly as an experienced rider would lean a traditional, two-wheeled motorcycle. By creating an ‘expert rider model’ in the software, the CoPilot system is able to adapt to all road forces and conditions then respond in a fraction of the time required by a human rider.
Manual controls still allow the rider to anticipate events and enjoy true counter-steering and steer-by-leaning exactly as on a motorcycle, while the autonomous CoPilot maintains an unprecedented factor of safety and performance.
In addition to providing automatic center of gravity inputs for the calculation of the optimal tilt angle, CoPilot sensors provide information on magnetic heading, road incline and banking, road surface smoothness, engine vibration, skid and hydroplaning, and aerodynamic effects such as wind gusting. The CoPilot offsets centrifugal forces or other environmental conditions to more safely operate the vehicle, and allows for high performance operation.
TerraCraft Motors Inc. developed super-trike technology in our laboratory. Super-trikes are only the beginning. We have a research and development
team and facilities to enable motorsport technology applications for a wide spectrum of customers.
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