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VBOX3i
100Hz GPS Data Logger
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Contents
EC declaration of conformity ...................................................................................................... 5
Introduction ............................................................................................................................... 5
Features ..................................................................................................................................... 5
Inputs/outputs ........................................................................................................................... 6
Standard inventory .................................................................................................................... 6
Optional accessories .................................................................................................................. 6
Quickstart guide ......................................................................................................................... 7
Operation .................................................................................................................................. 8
Power .............................................................................................................................................................................. 8
Buttons ........................................................................................................................................................................... 8
LOG .................................................................................................................................................................................................8
FUNC ...............................................................................................................................................................................................8
Default setup ..................................................................................................................................................................................8
Logging ............................................................................................................................................................................ 9
Log continuously: ............................................................................................................................................................................9
Log only when moving: ...................................................................................................................................................................9
Advanced: .......................................................................................................................................................................................9
LED indicators ................................................................................................................................................................. 9
SATS: ...............................................................................................................................................................................................9
DIFF/DGPS: ...................................................................................................................................................................................10
PWR: .............................................................................................................................................................................................10
D IN: ..............................................................................................................................................................................................10
CAN: ..............................................................................................................................................................................................10
SER: ...............................................................................................................................................................................................10
BLUETOOTH: .................................................................................................................................................................................10
CF: .................................................................................................................................................................................................10
LOG: ..............................................................................................................................................................................................10
IMU: (VB3i V2/V3 only) .................................................................................................................................................................10
Memory cards ............................................................................................................................................................... 10
GPS antenna ................................................................................................................................................................. 11
Satellite elevation mask ................................................................................................................................................ 11
Analogue and digital outputs (AD1 & AD2) .................................................................................................................. 12
Digital inputs (D IN) ....................................................................................................................................................... 12
Analogue inputs (A IN) .................................................................................................................................................. 13
RS232 serial / CAN ........................................................................................................................................................ 14
VCI CAN input (vehicle CAN interface) ..........................................................................................................................................15
CAN termination ...........................................................................................................................................................................15
CAN pass through ......................................................................................................................................................... 15
CANVEL ......................................................................................................................................................................... 16
Dynamic modes ............................................................................................................................................................ 16
USB................................................................................................................................................................................ 16
Bluetooth ...................................................................................................................................................................... 17
Pairing your computer with the VBOX3i .......................................................................................................................................17
Audio............................................................................................................................................................................. 17
Recording a sound wav .................................................................................................................................................................17
VBO file format ............................................................................................................................................................. 17
VBOXTools software ................................................................................................................ 18
Software installation ..................................................................................................................................................... 18
Local DGPS Basestation ............................................................................................................ 18
Enabling the DGPS modes ............................................................................................................................................ 18
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IMU integration ....................................................................................................................... 19
Required equipment ..................................................................................................................................................... 19
Setup ............................................................................................................................................................................. 19
Hardware Setup ............................................................................................................................................................ 20
Initialisation .................................................................................................................................................................. 20
LED indicators (VB3i V2/V3)..........................................................................................................................................................20
LED indicators (VB3i V1) ...............................................................................................................................................................20
Kalman Filter calibration – High dynamic tests ............................................................................................................ 21
Recommended procedure ............................................................................................................................................................21
Re-running the calibration ............................................................................................................................................................21
What happens if this isn’t done? ..................................................................................................................................................21
Additional IMU channels (IMU04 only) ........................................................................................................................ 22
IMU Attitude .................................................................................................................................................................................22
RMS Channels ...............................................................................................................................................................................22
Using IMU as CAN module ........................................................................................................ 22
Required equipment ..................................................................................................................................................... 22
Setup ............................................................................................................................................................................. 22
Mounting the IMU ................................................................................................................... 23
Troubleshooting ....................................................................................................................... 24
VBOX3i V3 specification ........................................................................................................... 25
Connection data ....................................................................................................................... 26
Analogue input connector V1/V2.............................................................................................. 27
Analogue input connector V3 ................................................................................................... 27
CAN output .............................................................................................................................. 28
Upgrading VBOX3i firmware ..................................................................................................... 29
How to upgrade the firmware ...................................................................................................................................... 29
Contact details ......................................................................................................................... 29
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EC declaration of conformity
We declare that this product has been tested to and meet the requirements of:
EC directive 2004/104/EC
“Adapting to technical progress council directive 72/245/EEC relating to the radio interference (electromagnetic
compatibility) of vehicles and amending directive 70/156/EEC on the approximation of the laws of the member states
relating to the type-approval of motor vehicles and their trailers.”
And has also been assessed, via technical construction File, by an independent DTI competent body and found to be in
conformance with the essential requirements of:
EC directive 89/336/EEC (and amending directives)
“Council directive of 03 May 1989 on the approximation of the laws of the member states relating to electromagnetic
compatibility.”
DTI competent body responsible for issuing certificate of compliance:
3C Test Ltd,
Silverstone Technology Park,
Silverstone,
Northants
NN12 8GX
Introduction
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The VBOX3i represents the 3 generation of GPS data logging system from Racelogic. Using a powerful GPS engine,
the VBOX3i can log GPS and other data at 100Hz. The logged data is stored directly onto a compact flash card for easy
transfer to a PC.
The VBOX3i also includes 4 high-resolution analogue input channels to record data from external sensors and 2 CAN
bus interfaces to allow connection of Racelogic input modules while simultaneously transmitting GPS data on the
second bus.
In line with previous VBOX models, the VBOX3i is compatible with all of the existing peripherals including the
multifunction display, ADC03, TC8, FIM03 and YAW rate sensor. To use the IMU integration feature of the VBOX3i an
IMU03 / IMU04 module is required.
Features
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IMU integration with GPS data
6.75ms latency
4 x 24bit synchronous differential analogue inputs ±50v
Brake/Event trigger input of 10ns resolution
Voice tagging of data
2 x CAN bus interface
RS-232 serial interface
USB interface
Bluetooth interface
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Compact flash interface
2 x 16bit User configurable analogue outputs
2 x Digital outputs
Brake trigger Input with 100KHz scan rate
Wide 7V to 30V operating range *See Note
Low current consumption
Logging rate selectable from 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 or 1Hz
Can be used with a differential BaseStation for
positional accuracies of up to 2cm**
*RACELOGIC external modules operate from a 12v vehicle supply. Therefore, when using external modules, VBOX supply must not exceed 15vDC
**2cm 95% CEP positional accuracy, (requiring RTK VBOX upgrade and RTK enabled Basestation)
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Inputs/outputs
Standard inventory
Description
Qty
RL Part #
VBOX3i data logger
1
RLVB3I-V2
Mains power supply
1
RLVBACS020
Cigar lighter power supply
1
GPS magnetic antenna
Description
Qty
Racelogic Part #
Serial PC cable
1
RLCAB001
25 Way D connector
1
ADC25IPCON
RLCAB010L
VBOX3i audio headset
1
RLACS120
1
RLACS158
VB3I Bluetooth antenna
1
RLACS119
4GB compact flash card
1
RLACS098
USB A – mini Lead 2m
1
RLCAB066-2
USB multi card reader
1
RLACS163
VBOX padded carry case
1
RLVBACS013V4
VBOX Tools installation CD
1
RLVBACS030
Optional accessories
Description
RL Part #
Description
RL Part #
RLVBTC8
Brake pedal trigger
RLVBACS004
8 Channel thermocouple interface
Hand-held brake trigger
RLVBACS009
Can to analogue output module
RLVBDAC01
Logging start/stop switch
RLVBACS010
Single YAW rate sensor + 2 axis G sensor
RLVBYAW03
Multifunction display
RLVBDSP03
RLVBIMU03
8 Channel (16bit) analogue interface
RLVBADC03
4 Channel frequency input module
RLVBFIM03
Inertial measurement unit. 3 YAW rate
sensors & 3 accelerometers*
Inertial Measurement Unit. 3 Yaw Rate
Sensors & 3 accelerometers*
RTCM DGPS Basestation for 40cm
positional accuracy
16 Channel vehicle CAN interface
RLVBCAN02
RTK DGPS Basestation for 2cm positional
accuracy
RLVBBS4RG
RLVBIMU04
RLVBBS4
*RLVBIMU03/04 required for IMU integration
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Quickstart guide
Required equipment (All supplied as standard unless specified)
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VBOX3i
Cigar lighter 12v adapter lead
GPS antenna
Blank compact flash card
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RS232 cable
VBOX software CD
Laptop PC (not supplied)
1. Mount the VBOX3i GPS antenna in a suitable position on the roof of the vehicle. The ideal position is
in the centre of the roof away from any objects that may shadow the GPS signal such as roof bars. This
creates a large metal object underneath the antenna to shield it from signals reflected by the ground
that can cause multi-path errors.
NB: See troubleshooting section if having difficulty obtaining satellite lock.
2. Screw the gold SMA connector on the antenna cable firmly onto the VBOX3i 'GPS' socket, making sure that the socket on the
VBOX3i is free from any contamination.
NB: It is important to connect the antenna to the VBOX3i before power is connected. The VBOX3i adjusts the signal gain to the
antenna based on the current incoming GPS signal strength.
3. Connect the power connector to the socket marked ‘PWR’ on the VBOX3i. .
When power is connected, the red ‘PWR’ LED will illuminate and all of the other LEDS will flash once then go off.
4. Allow the VBOX3i time to acquire satellite lock (This should take no longer than a few minutes.) before moving off to log data.
It is good practice to do this at the beginning of your day; after you have done this satellites will be instantly picked up and
locked onto, even after periods of the power being switched off or overhead obstructions blocking the view of the sky.
If the VBOX3i has not been used for a long time or if it was last used many miles from its current location, it may take time to
find satellite lock. If this situation arises perform a GPS coldstart to reset the GPS engine.
NB: See troubleshooting section for more info on carrying out a GPS coldstart.
5. The ‘GPS’ LED will be lit solid red when no satellite lock has been obtained, once the VBOX3i gets a lock on visible satellites,
the ‘GPS’ LED will flash green to indicate the number satellites. At a normal test track facility you should expect to see between 7
and 12 satellites being received by the VBOX3i. When the VBOX3i has a lock on 4 or more satellites then the VBOX3i is ready to
use.
NB: If fewer than 7 satellites are consistently seen the position of the GPS antenna on the vehicle may not be ideal, or the
nature of the test surroundings may not be ideal; see troubleshooting section on antenna positioning.
6. Now simply drive the vehicle. In the VBOX3i’s default mode it will log all data when the vehicle is moving at a speed above 0.5
Kmh and stop recording when the vehicle’s speed goes below 0.5 kmh.
The blue CF LED on the front panel of the VBOX3i will flash to indicate when data is being logged to the CF card.
7. When you have finished your first test with the VBOX3i come to a halt, wait until the blue CF LED stops flashing before
removing the CF card. Logging can be stopped at any time by pressing the ‘LOG’ button to close the current file.
NB: If the IMU integration feature of the VBOX3i is to be used refer to the ‘IMU Integration’ section later in this manual.
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Operation
Power
Included with the VBOX3i is a cigar lighter power cable, which is the primary source of power input. This is terminated
in a 2-way connector and mates with the 2-way ‘PWR’ socket on the VBOX3i.
The VBOX3i can be powered from a wide range of voltage sources, when considering batteries as a power source
please note that the minimum operating voltage of the VBOX3i is 7V. The maximum operating voltage input must not
exceed 30V DC. Failure to observe this could result in damage to the VBOX.
Warning
The VBOX can be connected to other Racelogic input modules including the ADC03, ADC02, TC8, FIM02/3
and multifunction display. Please note that the voltage supply to Racelogic modules connected to the VBOX
will be at the same level as the VBOX power input. Therefore when using any of the Racelogic peripherals
with VBOX3i, the input voltage must not exceed 15 volts. Failure to observe this could result in damage to
the module and possibly the VBOX3i.
When running the VBOX from a battery pack, the VBOX will sound a warning tone to indicate when the battery
voltage is reaching the minimum operating voltage level. When this tone is heard, the battery pack requires recharging or replacing.
The VBOX3i has been designed to generate as little heat as possible and it has a wide operating temperature range,
however it is good practice to mount the VBOX3i in a position where it has sufficient airflow around the case.
You must connect the GPS antenna before connecting power to the VBOX3i. This is necessary because on power-up
the VBOX3i will look for a connected GPS antenna and automatically adjust its gain for optimum performance.
Buttons
VBOX3i has two membrane buttons on the front panel, LOG and FUNC. LOG is used to start and stop logging to the
compact flash card, and FUNC is used to switch between two sample rates, 100Hz and 20Hz.
LOG
The LOG button will override any of the automatic logging thresholds set in the VBOX. For example, if you have set the
VBOX to log all the time, the LOG button will toggle logging on and off. If you have set the VBOX to ’log only when
moving’ and you are moving, pressing the LOG button will stop the VBOX logging and close the file on the compact
flash. Logging will now not continue even if you are moving until the LOG button is pressed again or the compact flash
card is removed and reinserted. The VBOX will then continue to log only when moving.
- Every time the logging is toggled with the LOG button, a new file is created.
- When the VBOX is logging, the blue CF light flashes.
- Do not remove the CF card or power down whilst this LED is flashing, if you need to remove the card or power
down whilst the CF light is flashing, then press the LOG button first to stop the VBOX logging. Failure to do so will
result in data loss or corruption.
FUNC
Pressing the FUNC button briefly flashes the LED’s to indicate the current sample rate. A slow flash (once per second)
on all the LED’s indicates 20Hz, and rapid flashing (5 times a second) indicates a 100Hz sample rate. A running
sequence of lights indicates a sample rate other than 100Hz or 20Hz. Pressing and holding the FUNC button for 5
seconds toggles the current sample rate. The sample rate can also be set in the VBOX software.
Default setup
The default factory settings are restored to the VBOX by pressing and holding the FUNC and LOG buttons for 5
seconds. This will put the VBOX3i into the default factory settings, 100Hz logging when moving, and the standard
logging parameters: sats, time, latitude, longitude, velocity, heading, height, vertical velocity, and brake trigger event
time. (DGPS will be off by default.).
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Logging
The VBOX3i has three logging modes that are selected and configured via VBOX setup with the supplied VBOXTools
software.
Log continuously:
With ‘log continuously’ ticked the VBOX will log data, regardless of movement.
Log only when moving:
Without ‘log continuously’ ticked then the VBOX will only log data to the CF card when it detects speed >0.5Km/h.
Advanced:
The advanced logging option on the VBOX3i allows any of the logged data channels to be used to trigger the logging
on the VBOX.
This is selected and configured through VBOX setup of the supplied VBOXTools software.
This facility allows a threshold value to be set as either > or < so that the logging will start or stop when a data value is
exceeded or not.
Multiple data channels can be combined in a Boolean ‘OR’ manner to control the logging.
LED indicators
There are a series of LED indicators on the front panel of the VBOX3i, their functionality is as follows:
SATS:
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Flashing red indicates no satellites in view
Flashing green sequence indicates the number of GPS satellites currently being tracked. Each flash indicates a
satellite with a short pause between each sequence.
Flashing orange sequence indicates the number of GLONASS Satellites currently being tracked. Each flash
indicates a satellite with a short pause between each sequence.
Sequence showing 1 Satellite
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1
Sequence showing 4 Satellites
Delay
1
2
3
4
Delay
1
2
3
4
Sequence showing 0 Satellites
Delay (Approximately 1 second )
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DIFF/DGPS:
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Solid orange indicates a DGPS lock (either WAAS/EGNOS or 40cm local DGPS)
Solid green indicates a 2cm ‘Fixed’ RTK lock
PWR:
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Solid green indicates that a suitable power source is connected.
Solid red indicates that the VBOX is not ready to operate either because it is still booting up or because there
is an error condition.
D IN:
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Solid green indicates that the brake trigger input has been activated/triggered.
CAN:
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Flashing yellow indicates that expected incoming CAN data has been decoded properly and is being logged.
Flashing green indicates that there is incoming serial traffic through this socket.
SER:
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Flashing yellow indicates that expected incoming CAN data has been decoded properly and is being logged.
Flashing green indicates that there is incoming Serial traffic through this socket.
BLUETOOTH:
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V1 Bluetooth module - Flashing blue indicates Bluetooth is waiting for a connection.
V2 Bluetooth module – Flashing blue indicates Bluetooth is initialising coms with a Bluetooth device.
Solid blue indicates the VBOX3i has a Bluetooth connection with another Bluetooth device.
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Flashes blue when data is being written to the card
CF:
LOG:
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Solid green when data is being logged to the CF card.
Flashes red indicating current logging rate after ‘FUNC’ button press, fast for 100Hz, slow for 20Hz
IMU: (VB3i V2/V3 only)
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Solid orange indicates that IMU integration is enabled but no IMU is connected.
Flashing orange shows IMU is connected and integration initialisation is running. This will not complete until
the VB3i has had a satellite lock whilst stationary for 30 seconds.
Flashing green indicates Initialisation complete – movement not yet detected.
Solid green indicates movement detected – IMU integration working OK.
Memory cards
The VBOX3i stores logged data onto CF cards. The CF cards available from Racelogic are already optimised for use on
the VBOX3i and as such do not need formatting before use. Should the CF Card need formatting due to card errors it
can be done through Windows, as the VBOX3i supports the following format type:
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FAT
FAT16
FAT32
Racelogic strongly recommends the following media card brands:
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SanDisk
Kingston
Lexar
Ultra
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GPS antenna
The GPS antenna supplied with the VBOX3i is a 5V active antenna. For the best possible signal quality, it is important
to maintain a clean connection between the antenna and the VBOX3i. Before fixing the antenna to the VBOX3i, ensure
that there are no dust particles in either connector. Replacement antennae are available by contacting your VBOX3i
distributor.
The antenna is a magnetic mounting type for quick and simple mounting to the vehicle roof. For optimum GPS signal
reception, make sure that the antenna is fitted to the highest point of the vehicle away from any obstructions that
may block satellite reception. The GPS antenna works best with a metal ground plane underneath (a metallic vehicle
roof is perfect for this).
Please also note that when using any GPS equipment, a clear sky view is important. Objects in the surrounding area
such as tall buildings or trees can block the GPS signal causing a reduction in the number of satellites being tracked, or
introducing reflected signals that can decrease the accuracy of the system. Note that clouds and other atmospheric
conditions do not affect the VBOX3i’s performance.
GPS antennas require a ground plane to operate correctly. This
helps to reduce unwanted reflections of the GPS signal caused by
nearby objects, and usually the metal roof of a vehicle performs
this function. However, if a test requires an antenna to be placed
either off the vehicle, or on a vehicle that does not have a metallic
roof, a special ground plane antenna must be used. This has an
internal ground plane and can operate perfectly without the need
for mounting on a metal surface. Ground plane antennas are
available from your VBOX3i distributor.
Satellite elevation mask
This feature can be used to improve GPS signal quality when nearby obstacles like trees and building are reflecting or
temporarily obscuring the signal from satellites at low elevation. Raising the mask will cause the GPS engine to ignore
satellites below the mask angle, so must be used carefully as it also reduces the total number of received satellites.
The elevation mask angle can be changed in the GPS section within VBOX Tools Setup.
VBOX Tools
Version 2.2.2b42 and above now has an option to change the SEM value for the VBOX3i series.
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Analogue and digital outputs (AD1 & AD2)
The AD1 and AD2 connectors each have 1 analogue voltage and 1 digital output. The digital output on connector AD2
is a frequency/pulse output corresponding to velocity. The pulse per meter range is adjustable in software. The digital
output on connector AD1 is a simple on/off state output. This digital output can be associated with any of the data
channels being logged by the VBOX. A threshold level can be set for the selected data channel where a true condition
gives a 5v output and a false condition gives a 0v.
I.e. Data channel –Speed, threshold 40Km/h. When speed is >40 output = 5V, speed, 40 output = 0V
A hysteresis and tolerance value can also be associated to this condition.
The default function of this digital output is to indicate the current logging status of the VBOX.
The analogue outputs on connectors AD1 and AD2 are both user configurable. For example, analogue output 1 could
be configured to output velocity while analogue output 2 might be configured to output lateral acceleration. The
voltage range of both analogue outputs is 0 to 5v DC.
Digital inputs (D IN)
The ‘D IN’ connector contains the two digital inputs for the VBOX3i. Digital input 1 is also referred to as the brake
trigger input. This input is connected to an event capture input on the GPS engine. This captures precisely the trigger
event time (10nS resolution) for use in brake distance calculation. This period of time is called the trigger event time,
and is logged and used to correct the measured brake stop distance to the exact point at which the trigger was
pressed.
A hand-held brake trigger is also available to allow the user to record marker events in the VBOX3i data file.
A remote logging on/off switch is also available for ease of use and when the front panel switch is not accessible.
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Analogue inputs (A IN)
The VBOX3i contains four differential 24bit analogue input channels with a maximum sample rate of 100Hz. Each
channel has its own dedicated analogue to digital (A/D) converter with all four channels being sampled synchronously
to each other. The voltage range of the input channels is ±50volts. Note that unlike the ADC03 module, the analogue
channels in the VBOX3i are not electrically isolated from each other.
The analogue input connector also contains voltage outputs that can be used to power external sensors. These are a
Vbatt connection which is equal to the VBOX input voltage level and a 5V DC out connection which is equal to 5V ±2%.
The 5V out connection is internally protected by 350mA thermal fuse. The Vbatt connection is internally protected by
a 200mA thermal fuse on V2/V3 units, and 100mA fuse on V1 units. For connector pin configuration see page 16. A
screw-terminal connector block is available as an option for easy connection of signal pins.
Note: A 25W D-sub to 4W BNC adaptor
block is available through your VBOX
distributor, part number RLVBACS054
Using the VBOXTools software, logging of the analogue channel data can be switched on or off. It is also possible to
change the name of each input channel and configure scale and offset values for calibration of sensors. A scale value
of 1 and offset of 0 correspond to a channel reading in volts DC. This means that the value stored on the compact flash
card for the channel will also be in volts. When using a sensor such as a load cell, it may be desirable to store a reading
in Kg. In this case, changing the scale and offset to suit the sensor data sheet allows the data stored onto the compact
flash to be in Kg. When changing settings for an analogue channel using VBOXTools software, a live data view of the
current channel is shown. The value shown is the value after scale and offset is applied and can therefore be used to
aid sensor calibration.
NOTE: The 5V regulated output on pin16 is only good for VBOX power supply voltages >8.5V
Using VBOXTools software, logging of the analogue channel data can be switched on or off. It is also possible to
change the name of each input channel and configure scale and offset values for calibration of sensors.
A scale value of 1 and offset of 0 correspond to a channel reading in volts DC. This means that the value stored on the
compact flash card for the channel will also be in volts. When
using a sensor such as a load cell, it may be desirable to store a
reading in Kg. In this case, changing the scale and offset to suit
the sensor data sheet allows the data stored onto the compact
flash to be in Kg. When changing channel setup for an analogue
channel using VBOX Tools software, a live data view of the
current channel is shown. The value shown is the value after scale
and offset is applied and can therefore be used to aid sensor
calibration.
500Hz logging
VB3i has the ability to log 4x analogue channels at 500Hz. With
this feature enable the file sizes will increase as a result.
When loading the VBO file into VBOX Tools ensure you are
running the very latest version as older versions are not
compatible with 500Hz data.
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RS232 serial / CAN
VBOX3i is equipped with 2 CAN Bus interfaces and 2 RS232 serial ports. The primary RS232 port is used for all
communication between the VBOX and laptop PC. The primary port is marked RS232 on the VBOX3i front panel. The
primary RS232 port is able to transmit live data from the VBOX to the PC for viewing and performing real-time tests. It
is important to note however that due to limitations of the PC serial port, live data transfer of all channels is limited to
20Hz, at 50Hz only standard GPS channels should be transmitted, and at 100Hz only Sats, Time, Speed, and Trigger
Event Time should be transmitted. Logging too many channels at too high a rate is likely to cause drop-outs and loss of
data.
Therefore for maximum accuracy, tests performed at a GPS sample rate above 20Hz should be logged to compact
flash and post processed.
The secondary RS232 port is used for connection to a Telemetry Radio module allowing the reception of Differential
GPS (DGPS) data for local correction from a Racelogic Local DGPS basestation. The secondary RS232 port is located in
the connector marked CAN on the VBOX3i front panel.
The CAN Bus ports A and B are located in the VBOX3i connectors “CAN” and “RS232” respectively. The function of
these ports is configurable by the user for use by either Racelogic external modules or the users own CAN Bus
equipment. For dual use of RS232 and CAN from one of the sockets you will require a 5Way Lemo splitter
RLVBACS024.
Power supplied to external Racelogic CAN modules through the “CAN” or “RS232” cables is at the same voltage as
the input power supply. Therefore when using Racelogic external CAN modules (eg; MFD or ADC03), the VBOX3i
supply voltage must not exceed 15vDC.
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VCI CAN input (vehicle CAN interface)
The VBOX3i can log up to 16 user defined CAN bus signals on CAN port B. Configuration is performed using the VCI
modules tab under log channels in VBOXTools software setup window. CAN signal parameters can be entered
manually by the user or imported directly from a CAN database (.DBC) file if available.
Racelogic supplies a free encrypted vehicle CAN database, giving the user the ability to log basic CAN data from a large
number of current vehicles from a broad selection of manufacturers. All of the CAN database files for vehicles we have
reverse engineered can be downloaded from our website.
CAN termination
The VBOX3i contains an active termination
between 0 Ohms and 120 Ohms, the active
terminations are selectable via VBOXTools as
shown above right.
NOTE: When the Usage of the CAN ports is swapped
from one output socket to the other the termination
resistor setting does not follow. So you should check
that the Termination is correctly set for the output
socket that you are then using.
CAN pass through
Ability to output channel data from modules on
the secondary bus with user defined identifiers.
Eg; VBOX3i can log IMU data on one CAN bus and
output the IMU data to third-party equipment on
second CAN bus with a user defined identifier.
The VBOX3i can output up to 6 CAN messages and
12 CAN channels over the secondary bus.
Note: These output CAN channels will be in a 32
bit IEEE float format. 29 bit extended identifiers
optional.
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CANVEL
If an input channel is given the name “CANVEL” then the VBOX3i will translate the data of this channel directly
through to the GPS speed channel under the following criteria.
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IMU integration is not enabled
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The VBOX3i cannot calculate speed, i.e. no satellite signal (complete satellite drop out)
The VBOX3i will scale the input channel to the default speed output format of Km/h according to what the units have
been assigned to the substitution speed channel. VBOX3i will recognise the following unit names: MPH, KM/H, KPH,
Knots, m/s, and ms-1.
Note: If no UNITS have been assigned to the
input channel then VBOX3i will assume that it is
KPH
This function is useful while testing around built
up areas or driving under large bridges.
Dynamic modes
The VBOX3iSL has three dynamic modes. These dynamic modes directly change the SMI smoothing index applied by
the GPS engine to all Doppler-derived data, notably speed and heading. The lower smoothing levels have a higher
dynamic response but are adversely noisier.
The three options are:
High dynamics: The ‘High dynamics’ setting should be used for high accuracy trigger brake stops or any test where
time and distance are critical and the vehicle test incorporates highly dynamic manoeuvres.
Normal: The ‘Normal’ mode should only be used for any testing that does
not involve any high dynamic manoeuvres.
Low dynamics: The ‘Low dynamics’ mode can be used for smoother velocity
and heading data and less acceleration noise only in lower dynamic tests.
USB
The VBOX3i includes a USB 2.0 connection that can be used for VBOX configuration and the output of real-time
VBOX3i serial data at the full 100Hz data rate.
Ensure that before you connect your VBOX3i to your PC that you have installed the supplied VBOXTools software, as
this will also put the required USB drivers onto your PC.
The VBOXTools software installation will place the VBOX3i USB drivers in the following location on your computer.
C:\program files\Racelogic\Drivers
These drivers can also be found on the actual VBOXTools installation CD.
When you connect you powered up VBOX3i to your PC with the supplied RLVBCAB066 USB A to USB mini lead your PC
will recognise the presence of new hardware and open the typical Windows install window for new hardware. Follow
the on screen prompts and point the Windows installation to the location of your drivers.
Note: USB drivers are available on the Racelogic website, also installed into C:\program files\Racelogic\Drivers after
VBOX Tools installation.
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Bluetooth
The VBOX3i comes equipped with a Bluetooth radio allowing configuration of the VBOX remotely along with remote
output of real-time VBOX3i serial data, at the full 100Hz data rate, to any Bluetooth capable PC or Data logger.
Pairing your computer with the VBOX3i
The VBOX3i will need the Bluetooth antenna connected and the computer will require a Bluetooth module or dongle
to establish a virtual connection. VBOX3i will connect to the computer via SPP (serial port profile) this can be done as a
secure or unsecure connection. Note: Pairing code for secure connection is 1234
Audio
Voice tagging
The VBOX3i has the ability to record audio tags with a GPS ‘synched’ timestamp accuracy of 0.5 seconds along with
the .VBO data file. Voice notes regarding test conditions or erroneous runs can be recorded, which can be replayed
instantly when viewing logged files in the graph facility of the VBOXTools software.
A WAV file will be recorded onto the CF card along with the normal VBOX data file.
The supplied headset/microphone includes a switch, which is used to start and stop the recording of an audio tag.
Recording a sound wav
Pressing the headset switch once will sound an audible beep, through the headset, to confirm that recording of the
WAV file has begun.
Pressing the switch for a second time will then stop recording, this will be confirmed by a second beep through the
headset.
If the switch has only been pressed once the VBOX3i will record for 30 seconds then automatically stop recording.
Replaying voice tags in VBOXTools
When a logged VBOX data file .vbo is loaded into VBOXTools and displayed in the Graph screen any associated WAV
files will appear in the speed data trace as green circles provided that the logged file is in the same folder as the
loaded VBOX data file.
Play the associated WAV file by clicking the Green circle.
NOTE: if a Red circle is seen on the graph screen in VBOXTools then the associated WAV file is not present in the same
folder as the loaded VBOX data file.
VBO file format
The VBOX3i data files are saved in standard space
de-limited text format. This allows the data to
easily be imported into third party applications
such as word processors or spreadsheets. The files
each contain a header section before the main
data that describes the channel content and
information about the VBOX such as serial number
and firmware version.
The [column names] parameter specifies the data
in each column of the data section.
An example of a VBOX3i VBO file is shown on the
right.
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VBOXTools software
The VBOXTools software is used for configuration of the VBOX3i and also for analysis of the VBO data files.
For further information on the VBOXTools software refer to the VBOXTools user manual supplied with VBOX3i.
Software installation
The VBOX3i setup software must be installed
onto the hard drive of a computer; it cannot be
run from the installation CD.
To install the software insert the CD into the CD
drive of your computer. The default installation
language is English. Press ‘OK’ to continue,
then follow the on-screen instructions to
complete the installation.
The VBOX3i setup software is not limited to
one user or computer and can be installed on
multiple workstations if so desired.
Local DGPS Basestation
When the VBOX3i is used in conjunction with a local DGPS Basestation the positional accuracy can be improved from
the standard 3m 95% CEP.
There are two available Basestation options:
40cm positional accuracy:
If the VBOX3i is used with a RTCM-V2 enabled Basestation then the positional accuracy is increased to 40cm 95% CEP.
The height accuracy is improved to 1M 95%CEP
2cm positional accuracy:
If the VBOX3i has an RTK upgrade option installed and is used with a RLVBBS4RG then the positional accuracy is
increased to 2cm.
Racelogic proprietary 2cm correction (Not compatible with VB3i-SL RTK)
CMR 2cm correction (Trimble standard message type)
RTCMv3 2cm correction (RTCM standard message type) RECOMMENDED
RTCMv3 is recommended as the default RTK 2cm correction type. This message format is a globally recognised type
and more resilient to data loss caused by radio errors.
Note:
RLVBOX3iR2G2 has a max log rate of 20Hz when in RTK mode.
RLVBOX3iR10G10 & RLVB3i-SL RTK has a max log rate of 100Hz when in RTK mode.
Enabling the DGPS modes
The VBOX must have the correct DGPS mode enabled in VBOX Tools or VBOX Manager before it is capable of receiving
and using the DGPS correction information transmitted by a Local Basestation.
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Run the latest VBOXTools software
Enter the VBOX setup screen and go to the GPS page
Click on the DGPS button and select the correct DGPS mode from the available option
Close the VBOX setup screen.
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IMU integration
Required equipment
IMU04
VB3i-V3
IMU04
VBOX Tools
RLCAB119 VBOX – IMU connecting cable
RLCAB001 / RLCAB066-2 – VB3i PC connection cable
File manager (optional)
IMU03
VB3i (works with all VB3i units)
IMU03
VBOX Tools
RLCAB005-CS VBOX – IMU connecting cable
RLCAB001 / RLCAB066-2 – VB3i PC connection cable
File manager (optional)
Setup
Important note: IMU04 must be connected to VB3i before power is applied to ensure data is correctly synchronised.
1. Mount the VB3i and IMU in test vehicle. The IMU should be mounted rigidly to the vehicle mid-way along the
wheelbase in the direction of vehicle travel.
2. Fit VB3i GPS, GPS/GLONASS antenna to centre of vehicles roof. Connect antenna to VB3i.
3. Measure the relative position from the top centre of the GPS antenna to the top centre of the IMU (see mounting
section for more detail) and enter these distances in the highlighted box below.
4. IMU04 – Connect CAN/KF port to VB3i-V3 25W D analogue input port using RLCAB119 cable.
4. IMU03 – Connect either port on IMU to VBOX RL CAN port using RLCAB005-CS cable.
5. After IMU is connected, apply power to VB3i.
6. Connect VB3i to PC using RLCAB001 or RLCAB066-2 cable (RS232 or USB).
7. Open VBOX Tools and VBOX Setup.
8. Tick ‘Use IMU’ box
and enter the distances
measured from GPS
antenna to the IMU.
Important notes:
1. To use IMU04 integration, a VB3i-V3 must be used. This is an IMU04 enabled unit.
2. IMU04 cannot be used with IMU integration if it is connected to a VBOX via CAN (RLCAB120 / RLCAB005-CS).
This method of connection will only allow standard IMU channels to be logged. See ‘using IMU as CAN module’
section for details.
3. The IMU04 standard channels can also be logged when the IMU04 is connected via KF port with cable
RLCAB119, without enabling IMU integration.
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Hardware Setup
Initialisation
When using IMU integration, an initialisation phase is required when the IMU is first connected to the VBOX after
being set up. This will be run through automatically after the VBOX has successfully gained satellite lock. When the
IMU LED on VB3i front panel has turned a flashing green, the initialisation is complete. Note, if you are using a VB3iV1, which has no IMU LED, read the LED indicators section below for LED behaviour.
LED indicators (VB3i V2/V3)
IMU04
LED
Colour
Red
Orange
Green
Power
Initial boot up
phase.
Temperature checks. If temperature
outside optimum operation range, LED
will remain orange.
Fully operational.
Comms
No coms.
Using IMU integration, inertial data being
sent to host VBOX via RS232.
Inertial data being sent to host system via CAN.
VB3i LED
Colour
Solid Orange
Flashing Orange
Flashing Green
Solid Green
IMU enabled,
no IMU
connected.
SAT lock OK. 30 second stationary
initialisation in progress. If vehicle
moves, LED will continue to flash until 30
seconds stationary completed.
Initialisation complete –
movement not yet
detected.
Movement detected –
IMU integration working
OK.
IMU
LED indicators (VB3i V1)
When the filter is enabled and the IMU is connected, the satellite LED will remain off to act as an indicator for the IMU
integration status. Only when the filter is initialised and movement is detected will the SAT LED return to its normal
operation.
The user will need to leave 1 minute after powering the VBOX on with the IMU connected before starting to move.
This occurs on every power up of the VBOX unit.
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Kalman Filter calibration – High dynamic tests
To produce the optimum level of accuracy as quickly as possible, a series of specific manoeuvres can be performed
that help the Kalman filter characterise the outputs from the IMU. Note that while this is recommended, it is not
completely necessary as the Kalman filter will have enough data to achieve accurate results within a few minutes of
normal dynamic driving (including left and right hand turns, braking and accelerating).
Recommended procedure
1. Wait for IMU to complete 30 second stationary initialisation, VB3i front panel IMU LED will change from flashing
orange to flashing green upon completion. If the vehicle moves before initialisation finishes, the 30 second process
will restart once stationary again.
2. Drive in a ‘figure of eight’ at least twice.
These can be as little as 5m in radius (almost full-lock in some vehicles), but 10m is better. The vehicle should be
travelling above 15km/h during this procedure in order to generate sufficient forces for the calibration process.
3. Accelerating hard from standstill to 50km/h or above, perform two brake stops with a decel force of at least 0.5g.
When is the calibration required?
When carrying out high dynamic tests such as braking and ESC testing, this recommended process calibrates the
Kalman filter as quickly as possible. When carrying out low dynamic tests such as driving on urban routes, or doing
long term data collection, then this calibration is not as critical.
Re-running the calibration
The Kalman filter is constantly adapting its calibration depending on the information received from GPS and the IMU.
Therefore, if the vehicle is left stationary for a long time, or the IMU is moved from its mounting position, then the
calibration procedure should be repeated if further high dynamic testing is to be carried out.
The calibration should also be repeated after anything which causes the communication to break between IMU and
VBOX, such as:
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Power cycle to either IMU or VBOX.
‘RL Config’ software is used to read IMU settings.
‘VBOX Tools’ software is used to read VBOX settings.
A GPS Coldstart is performed
What happens if this isn’t done?
If this procedure cannot be carried out as above then the speed accuracy will be reduced, especially for the first few
minutes until the Kalman Filter is able to calibrate itself. We strongly recommend that the Kalman Filter is calibrated
when carrying out high dynamic tests.
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Additional IMU channels (IMU04 only)
IMU Attitude
When using IMU04 integration with a VB3i-V3, there are three IMU attitude channels which can be logged. These
body angle channels are heading, pitch and roll calculated from IMU derived data.
RMS Channels
These four channels are for diagnostic purposes only and cannot be turned on or off. They show the noise which is
present on the vertical and horizontal speed channels, as calculated by the VB3i GPS engine.
The RMS (root mean square) channels which will be logged are listed below.
RMS_HPOS
RMS_VPOS
RMS_HVEL
RMS_VVEL
Using IMU as CAN module
Important note: IMU04 CAN based coms are not supported by Kalman filter, so RLCAB005-CS connection method
cannot be used for IMU04 integration. This CAN module connection can be used purely to log IMU04 data channels.
Required equipment
VB3i (works with all VB3i units)
IMU03 / IMU04
VBOX Tools
RLCAB005-CS or RLCAB120 (IMU04 only)
RLCAB001 / RLCAB066-2 – VB3i PC connection cable (RS232 or USB)
File manager (optional)
Setup
1. Connect IMU to VBOX (RL CAN port) using RLCAB005-CS or RLCAB120 (IMU04 only) cable.
2. Connect VBOX to PC using RLCAB001 or RLCAB066-2 cable (RS232 or USB).
3. Open VBOX Tools and VBOX Setup.
4. Click on the 3 Axis Module tab, and tick all IMU channels to be logged and sent over serial.
5. Mount the VB3i and IMU in test vehicle. The IMU should be mounted rigidly to the vehicle mid-way along the
wheelbase in the direction of vehicle travel.
6. Fit VB3i GPS, GPS/GLONASS antenna to centre of vehicles roof. Connect antenna to VB3i and power up.
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Mounting the IMU
The IMU should be mounted rigidly to the vehicle mid-way along the wheelbase. Try to position the unit as close as
possible to the centre of the vehicle, making sure it is mounted in the direction of travel - as shown in the image
above. It is also important to mount the sensor so that it is level with the ground.
For best results, mount
antenna as close to each
example: Bolt the IMU to
the GPS antenna on the
If you are using
IMU03, you
the relative
antenna in
IMU to at least
These distances
entered into
via VBOX Tools
using a VBOX
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the IMU and GPS
other as possible. For
the seat rails and place
roof directly above.
an IMU04 or
must measure
position of the
relation to the
within +/- 5cm.
must then be
the VBOX either
> VBOX Setup or
Manager.
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Troubleshooting
Trouble locking onto satellites
If the VBOX3i is having trouble locking onto satellites then please follow the checklist below for typical solutions:
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
Ensure that the antenna is placed in a position where it has an unobstructed view of the sky. (See ‘GPS
antenna placement’ below)
Check the antenna connection with the VBOX3i; only small amounts of dirt in the socket can cause a
significant reduction in signal strength. Also check the cable at the plug and along its length for any damage.
Check that the power supply is connected and free from damage.
If possible try another known working antenna, to confirm antenna functionality.
Perform a GPS coldstart and then leave the unit powered up in an open static position for at least 15 minutes.
See ‘VBOX3i not responding’ below.
Once the VBOX3i has locked on to 4 or more satellites it will be ready for use.
No communication with PC
 If the red LED on the front of the VBOX3i is not illuminated then there is no power to the unit; check that
battery contains adequate charge or, if using a cigar lighter, check internal cigar lighter fuse.
 Check that the correct COM port has been selected in VBOXTools
 Check that no other programs are using the same COM port.
 Disconnect the power to the VBOX3i then reconnect it.
COM port unavailable
 The computer may have been started with a different VBOX3i connected to it; disconnect the VBOX3i, restart
the computer then reconnect the VBOX3i.
 Another software package installed on your computer may have reserved the COM port.
No data is logged in the VBO file
 Check satellite reception. Loss of reception may prevent data from being logged to the card (dependent on
logging mode).
VBOX3i not responding - GPS coldstart
 The GPS engine has locked up.
 Perform a GPS engine coldstart
A GPS coldstart forces the GPS engine to reset its downloaded almanac of current satellite positions. This can be
useful if the VBOX3i is having trouble locking onto satellites, which typically occurs if the VBOX3i has not been used for
several weeks or if it was last used a long distance (over one thousand miles) away from the current location.
After performing a GPS coldstart leave the VBOX3i powered up in a static location where the antenna has an
unobstructed view of the skies until the ‘GPS’ LED becomes solid green.
Once the VBOX3i has downloaded the new almanac it will reacquire satellites in noisy situations (such as near trees,
buildings and under bridges) much more quickly. It will also acquire satellite much more quickly on power-up.
To perform a GPS coldstart on the VBOX3i perform the following actions:
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
Press and hold the ‘LOG’ button on the front of the VBOX3i for five seconds until a long beep is sounded.
When the button is released the ‘GPS’ LED will start to flash red showing that the coldstart has been
performed and the GPS engine is now not locked onto any satellites.
After approximately 30-45 seconds the ‘GPS’ LED will start to flash green indicating that satellite lock has
been achieved and indicating the number of satellites that it is locked onto.
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VBOX3i V3 specification
GPS
Velocity
Accuracy
Distance
Accuracy
0.05% (<50cm per Km)
Units
Update rate
Resolution
Height accuracy
Height accuracy with DGPS
Metres / Feet
100Hz
1cm
6 Metres 95% CEP**
2 Metres 95% CEP**
Brake Stop Accuracy
Accuracy
+/- 2cm
Time
Resolution
Accuracy
0.01 s
0.01 s
Units
Update rate
Maximum velocity
Minimum velocity
Resolution
Latency
0.1 Km/h (averaged over
4 samples)
Km/h or Mph
100 Hz
1000 Mph
0.1 Km/h
0.01 Km/h
6.75ms
Absolute Positioning
Accuracy
Accuracy with SBAS DGPS
Accuracy with RTCMV2 DGPS
Accuracy with RTK DGPS***
Update rate
Resolution
3m 95% CEP**
>1m 95% CEP**
40cm 95% CEP**
2cm 95% CEP**
100 Hz
1.8mm
Heading
Resolution
Accuracy
0.01°
0.1°
Power
Input Voltage range
Power
7v-30v DC
Max 5.5 watts
Acceleration
Accuracy
Maximum
Resolution
Update rate
0.5%
20 G
0.01 G
100Hz
Environmental and physical
Weight
Size
Operating temperature
Storage temperature
Approx 900 grammes
170mm x 121mm x 41mm
-20C to +70C
-30C to +80C
Memory
Compact Flash
Recording time
Type I
Dependent on flash card
capacity*
*Approximately 29Mb per hour used when logging GPS
data at 100Hz
Approx 182Mb per hour total logging capacity
Definitions
** CEP = Circle of Error Probable
95% CEP (Circle Error Probable) means 95% of the time the
position readings will fall within a circle of the stated diameter
Outputs
CAN Bus
Bit rate
Identifier type
Data available
Analogue
Voltage range
Default setting *
Accuracy
Update rate
125Kbits, 250Kbits, 500Kbits & 1Mbit
selectable baud rate
Standard 11bit 2.0A
Satellites in View, Latitude, Longitude, Velocity, Heading, Altitude, Vertical velocity, Distance,
Longitudinal acceleration & lateral acceleration, Distance from trigger, Trigger time, trigger Velocity
0 to 5Volts DC
Velocity
0.0125Volts per Km/h (0 to 400Km/h)
0.1 Km/h
100Hz
Digital
Frequency range
Default setting *
Accuracy
Update rate
* The range settings can be adjusted by the user in software
DC to 44.4Khz
25Hz per Km/h (0 to
400Km/h)
90 pulses per metre
0.1Km/h
100Hz
Inputs
CAN Bus
Racelogic modules
External CAN Bus
Up to 32 channels from any combination of ADC02, ADC03, FIM02, TC8, YAW
sensor or CAN01. Limited to 16 with the Kalman Filter enabled
16 Channels of user definable CAN signal from external bus. Eg; vehicle CAN bus
Can load signal data from industry standard DBC database file.
Analogue
Number Channels
Input range
Channel Sample order
4
±50v
Synchronous
Digital
Brake/Event Trigger
On/Off Logging control
10ns resolution
Remote log control from hand-held switch
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Resolution
DC Accuracy
24 bit
400 μV
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Connection data
Front View of VBOX3i V1
2 PIN LEMO socket
Connector
PIN
1
2
Connector
PIN
1
2
3
1 POWER
In/Out
I
I
2 AD 1
In/Out
O
O
I
Connector
PIN
1
2
3
Connector
PIN
1
2
3
Connector
PIN
1
2
3
4
5
Connector
PIN
1
2
3
4
5
Connector
PIN
Center
Chassis
3 AD 2
In/Out
O
O
I
4 D IN
In/Out
I
I
I
5 CAN
In/Out
O
I
I/O
I/O
O
6 SER
In/Out
O
I
I/O
I/O
O
ANT
In/Out
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Front View of VBOX3i V2/V3
3 PIN LEMO socket
Type
5 PIN LEMO socket
Lemo 2 pin
Description
Power +
Ground
Range
7V to 30V
0V
Type
Lemo 3 pin
Description
Analogue 1 Output
Digital 2 Output
Ground
Range
0V to 5V
0V to 5V
Type
Lemo 3 pin
Description
Analogue 2 Output
Digital 1 Output
Type
Lemo 3 pin
Description
Ground
Digital Input 2. Start/Stop Logging
Digital Input 1. Brake Trigger
Type
Lemo 5 pin
Description
RS232 Tx (PORT B)
RS232 Rx (PORT B)
CAN Bus High (PORT A)
CAN Bus Low (PORT A)
+V Power
Type
Lemo 5 pin
Description
RS232 Tx (PORT A)
RS232 Rx (PORT A)
CAN Bus High PORT B)
CAN Bus Low (PORT B)
+V Power
Type
SMA
Description
RF Signal / Power for active antenna
Ground
Range
0V to 5V
0V to 5V
Range
0V to 5V (14v tolerant)
0V to 5V (14v tolerant)
Range
12v
12v
Same as Power +
Range
12v
12v
Same as Power +
Range
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Analogue input connector V1/V2
View of Socket on VBOX 3i
Connector: Analogue
Type: Sub-D 25-way Socket
PIN
1
In/Out
I
Description
Channel 1 +
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
I
I
I
I
I
I
I
Channel 1 Channel 2 +
Channel 2 Channel 3 +
Channel 3 Channel 4 +
Channel 4 -
Range
Connector:
Analogue
PIN
In/Out
14
O
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
O
O
O
Type: Sub-D 25-way Socket
Description
Vbatt
GND
5 V Out
GND
Range
Equal to Input
Voltage. 100mA
5V ±2%. 350mA
Note: A screw terminal connector block is available to purchase on request from your VBOX supplier.
Analogue input connector V3
Connector: Analogue
Type: Sub-D 25-way Socket
PIN
1
In/Out
I
Description
Channel 1 +
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
I
I
I
I
I
I
I
Channel 1 Channel 2 +
Channel 2 Channel 3 +
Channel 3 Channel 4 +
Channel 4 -
I
I
I
1PPS Output
RS232 TxD
RS232 RxD
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Range
-IMU04
-IMU04
-IMU04
Connector:
Analogue
PIN
In/Out
14
O
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
O
O
O
Type: Sub-D 25-way Socket
Description
Vbatt
GND
5 V Out
GND
Range
Equal to Input
Voltage. 200mA
5V ±2%. 350mA
Ground
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CAN output
The VBOX3i has a CAN output which is present on the 5-way connector output; Data format: Motorola; Baud rate:
500Kb/s.
Format
ID**
Motorola
Data Bytes
1
2
3
4
0x301
(1) Sats in
view
(2) Time since midnight UTC
0x302
(4) Position – Longitude MMMMM.MMMMM
0x303
(7) Altitude. WGS 84. (Metres)
5
6
7
8
(3) Position – Latitude MMMM.MMMMM
(5) Velocity. (Knots)
(8) Vertical velocity. (M/S)
(6) Heading. (Degrees)
Unused
(9) Status
(10)
Status
0x304
(11) Distance. (Meters)
(12) Longitudinal Accel. (G)
(13) Lateral Accel. (G)
0x305
(14) Distance travelled since VBOX reset
(15) Trigger time
(16) Trigger Velocity
0x306
(17) Velocity Quality
Unused
Unused
Unused
0x307
Unused
Unused
Unused
Unused
0x308
(18) Position latitude
(19) Status
0x309
(20) Position longitude
Unused
0x322
(21) Trigger event UTC time – milliseconds (part1)
(22) Trigger event UTC time – nanoseconds (part2)
*Update rate depends on GPS update rate. 10ms Update rate shown corresponds to 100Hz GPS setting.
**Default Identifiers. The identifier values can be changed using the configuration software.
(1) If Satellites in view < 3 then only Identifier 0x301 transmitted and bytes 2 to 8 are set to 0x00.
(2) Time since midnight. This is a count of 10mS intervals since midnight UTC. (5383690 = 53836.90 seconds since midnight or 14
hours, 57 minutes and 16.90 seconds)
(3) Position, Latitude * 100,000 (311924579 = 51 Degrees, 59.24579 Minutes North). This is a true 32bit signed integer, North being
positive.
(4) Position, Longitude * 100,000 (11882246 = 1 Degrees, 58.82246 Minutes West). This is a true 32bit signed integer, West being
positive.
(5) Velocity, 0.01 knots per bit.
(6) Heading, 0.01 per bit.
(7) Altitude, 0.01 meters per bit, signed.
(8) Vertical Velocity, 0.01 m/s per bit, signed.
(9) Status. 8 bit unsigned char. Bit 0=VBOX Lite, Bit 1=Open or Closed CAN Bus (1=open), 2=VBOX3
(10) Status is an 8 bit unsigned char. Bit 0 is always set, Bit 3=brake test started, Bit 4 = Brake trigger active, Bit 5 = DGPS active
(11) Distance, 0.000078125 meters per bit, unsigned. Corrected to trigger point.
(12) Longitudinal Acceleration, 0.01G per bit, signed.
(13) Lateral Acceleration, 0.01G per bit, signed.
(14) Distance travelled in meters since VBOX reset.
(15) Time from last brake trigger event. 0.01 Seconds per bit.
(16) Velocity at brake trigger point in Knots.
(17) Velocity Quality, 0.01 km/h per bit.
(18) Position, Latitude 48bit signed integer, Latitude * 10,000,000 (minutes). North being positive.
(19) Kalman filter status
(20) Position, Longitude 48bit signed integer, Longitude * 10,000,000 (minutes). East being positive.
(21) Trigger event UTC time - milliseconds since midnight UTC (part 1 of 2 part message).
(22) Trigger event UTC time - nanoseconds since midnight UTC (part 2 of 2 part message).
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VB3i MANUAL
Upgrading VBOX3i firmware
Occasionally Racelogic releases new versions of firmware (internal code) for VBOX3i products, often to introduce new
features. New firmware is loaded into the VBOX3i using a computer and a CF card.
The latest firmware upgrade file for the VBOX3i is available from the Racelogic website.
If you need the latest update file, download it from the website and copy it to your CF card
How to upgrade the firmware
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To upgrade the firmware power the VBOX3i and wait until the box has finished initialisation.
Insert the CF card containing the upgrade file.
Once the upgrade is complete the VBOX3i will beep twice and resume normal operation.
Once the upgrade is complete the upgrade file will be erased and a report file will be generated.
If the upgrade fails for any reason the upgrade file remains on the card and the VBOX3i retains the previous
version of firmware.
Once the firmware upgrade has completed successfully, the VBOX3i should be power cycled before use.
Contact details
Racelogic
Unit 10 Swan Business Centre
Osier Way
Buckingham
Bucks
MK18 1TB
United Kingdom
Email:
Web:
support@racelogic.co.uk
www.racelogic.co.uk
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