ADAPTIVE TRAILER HITCH ALIGNMENT AND JACKING SYSTEM THE ROVER JACK
Publication Date: 2015-Nov-23
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ADAPTIVE TRAILER HITCH ALIGNMENT AND JACKING SYSTEM (THE ROVER JACK)
Attaching trailer to a vehicle can be a tedious process even for the most experienced drivers. The Current hitching process requires two people, the vehicle's driver and a spotter to guide the hitch to the trailer, or one driver by means of trial and error, which requires multiple attempts.
The objective of this work is to develop a system (rover) that is capable of transporting the trailer short distances and align the hitch ball to the coupling. Also, the system shall have the ability of lifting the truck to eliminate the need for a vehicle jack system. The system shall utilize 12V power source to enable the rover system to function in a typical vehicle environment.
Concept and Methodology:
This system, as shown in Figure 1, is designed to lift the trailer, move the coupler position over the vehicle hitch point, and raise and lower the trailer to assure a proper mount over the vehicle hitch point. It can be portable or mounted as an integral part of the vehicle or trailer. The system is designed with a remote handheld transmitter and rover receiver that can be operated from an external button/device or via an HMI console. The rover is powered by the vehicle's 12v power system, connected to the trailer hitch power port, and offers 6 degrees of freedom in mobility. As depicted in Figure 2, a hand-held control device is equipped with independent commands (buttons) with LE...