AVR MCUs Inside Race Cars

It’s pretty amazing when you realize the variety of applications that can be powered by microcontrollers. Did you know, for example, that AVR microcontrollers are inside race cars? One group of engineering students used an AVR AT90CAN128 microcontroller to power the steering wheel of a race car. They wrote, “This microcontroller is an excellent choice for use in automotive systems because it offers a wide variety of functions, among these a CAN controller, and it is affordable and it is easy to use.” Read article.

Here’s video of a Formula One gaugeboard, made with an AVR XMEGA ATmega16 microcontroller.

Just a few examples we’ve run across. Have you found microcontrollers in surprising places?

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