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The RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) based Navigation System is built and designed to allow both commercial and recreational drivers to know and monitor traffic patterns while on the road. By using the RFID based Navigation System, drivers will receive real time data to aid navigation which is a major benefit especially in an emergency situation. Further studies of the RFID technology will potentially open doors to the development of autonomous vehicles. The RFID based Navigation application is available for Android devices, and it presents drivers with real time, current data to aid navigation across a terrain in the shortest possible route. The server/database coordinates information exchange from vehicles to drivers. This is shown on the web based and mobile application. The RFID Reader uses the received RFID tag data to determine specific locations, directions, time, and the speed of the vehicle. Our team went on to divide the system design into three categories: the Android system application, the server/database, and the RFID Reader connection. For the purposes of our project, we used an RC car to test the navigation system. Our team used 50 RFID tags, and we were able to accomplish our goal of presenting navigation data in real time. While our results proved that the system is accurate in real time, covering all roadways will require a large amount of tags leading to time related issues.

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Computer engineering, RFID, Vehicle Networks, Navigation


Computer Engineering | Engineering

Faculty Advisor/Mentor

Dr. Wei Cheng

Faculty Advisor/Mentor

Dr. Robert Dahlberg

VCU Capstone Design Expo Posters


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Date of Submission

August 2016

RFID Based Navigation