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Last week I recieved two anti collision chips "AKS" for Carrera D132 / D124 from Henning Hottop in Germany.

Here is the chip for the right LC



The AKS system use the inner rail of the opposite lane as a sensor to detect if there is a car in the other lane. When there are one or more cars present on the sensor rail the AKS disables the LC until the sensor rail is free from cars. The sensor rail is powered by the AKS chip, so you can choose how long you want the sensor without making any dead spots on the track.

The installation manuals are in German but have lots of pictures, so by studying them and using Google Translate I started to grasp the basics of the system, and after a couple hours I was ready to install the first chip.

The installation was pretty straight forward, but has a few options depending on if you use your track for digital only or as a digital/analog hybrid (dual mode), and you can choose the "easy" or "hard" way to isolate the sensor rail. The easy method only require to remove one rail connector and a piece of clear tape, while the "hard way" involves rail cutting. I chose the easy way and also wired the track for digital/analog use.

Here is the chip installed, and the tools needed was:
- Phillips screw driver (usual body screw size)
- 2 mm flat screw driver (or torx #7)
- Needle nose pliers
- Clear tape
- 2.5 mm drill bit



The yellow cable that goes between the LC LED and LC chip must be cut and connected to the cables from the AKS chip (red and yellow cables without connectors). The 3 cables with connectors from the AKS chip simply slides into the rails (red = positive, blue = negative, green = sensor rail). The instructions show where to place the connectors, and you also need to drill a 2.5 mm hole for the AKS LED in the track.

Here is the AKS system in work, when the green light is on, the sensor rail is free of cars and the LC is active:



Then when a car enters the sensor rail in the opposite lane, the green LED goes out and the LC is disabled:



I'm currently testing the system out using 4 ghost cars on a small track (about 36 feet) and so far it's working just as I was hoping it would, no crashing at the LC's


Henning makes two versions of the chips, one for left and one for right LC's, so in the XLC's you must use two chips. The chips can also be used to prevent collision when exiting a pitlane. You can also add a toggle switch to turn the AKS function on/off. At roughly 8 £ per chip (one per flipper) and less than 4 £ in postage I think these chips are fantastic value, especially if you race against ghost cars or with kids.


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staglinger ~ I'm working on that. See the MuCaRO thread in the general digital.
 

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I would like to offer my apology here.
It was not my intention to steal the thunder.

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Hi,
collision can still occur in a specific case, check at the end of this video:

I have change the green led with diffused blue and orange led. You will see the orange led turn back on, when the blue car pass over the cut off of the rail in the double lane sensor rail and also when the red car pass over the same point the blue led turn on for a moment, but just long enough for the red car to activate the lane change.

I wrote to the seller about this, I suggest to add a capacitor into the circuit to prevent the circuit from switching off too fast, so the circuit could stay on when passing over that specific point and a result of 100% no collision, for now it's 98 or 99%.

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Hi All,

I have some very bad news here I'm afraid. I ordered and paid over 220 Euros for anti-collission chips from http://www.henkys-rennbahnwerkstatt.de/ about 3 months ago. I thought they were sent and then after inquiring found that they weren't and I was promised they'd be out on the next Monday yet they are still not here. I have emailed many times and now I am not even getting a reply from them. I fear my money is lost and that they'll never turn up. To make this worse, I am a dealer which they know and you'd think they'd want to look after someone who wants to buy and resell their product on an ongoing basis.

I'd really like to hear if anyone has more info regarding them.

Regards,
Damo
 

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If you live in the USA and want Anti Collision chips you can go to: http://www.digitalracingsolutions.com/

It says coming soon, but you can contact them for current pricing. I got mine for around $10 per lane changer, and installation was quick and easy.
 

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QUOTE (Damo @ 8 May 2014, 20:20) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi All,

I have some very bad news here I'm afraid. I ordered and paid over 220 Euros for anti-collission chips from http://www.henkys-rennbahnwerkstatt.de/ about 3 months ago. I thought they were sent and then after inquiring found that they weren't and I was promised they'd be out on the next Monday yet they are still not here. I have emailed many times and now I am not even getting a reply from them. I fear my money is lost and that they'll never turn up. To make this worse, I am a dealer which they know and you'd think they'd want to look after someone who wants to buy and resell their product on an ongoing basis.

I'd really like to hear if anyone has more info regarding them.

Regards,
Damo
Damo, have you gotten your chips yet? I ordered 2 pre-wired track pieces - left and right lane change - and it took 3 months and many e-mails for me to receive them to the USA.
-Doug
 

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QUOTE (OldStrombeckerGuy @ 4 Jul 2014, 18:40) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Damo, have you gotten your chips yet? I ordered 2 pre-wired track pieces - left and right lane change - and it took 3 months and many e-mails for me to receive them to the USA.
-Doug

I have finally received my chips! I paid for them on the 8th of March and received them on the 6th of August after 52 emails back and forth. So 5 months and I had to be really persistent. As it is I DID NOT receive the 75 Euro relay box I paid for! It is a real shame as the system is excellent. Easy to install and it seems to work really well.

I can't really figure out though about the dual mode. Does anyone know exactly what this means? Can you use the layout in analog mode if you set it up in dual mode? Is that what it means and can anyone clarify exactly how you rig it up for that?

Cheers,
Damo.
 

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I have just had 3 of each left and right lane change AKS and Pit lane entry and exit AKS units arrive. Great product but the instructions are terrible. I understand the installation for a dedicated digital track now but the installation for a dual mode hybrid digital/analog track like mine I am still confused with. Can anyone offer any help?

FYI, I ordered heaps of things from Henky and it took a while but it all arrived well packaged and as described. +1 for Henky
 

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Thanks Chris99

I do have those docs. Installing the AKS device on a digital track is not really hard at all. What I find very unclear is how these little chips are to work on a digital track running in analog mode. The manufacturer claims this is doable but very unclear on how.
 

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QUOTE (Damo @ 9 May 2014, 02:20) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi All,

I have some very bad news here I'm afraid. I ordered and paid over 220 Euros for anti-collission chips from http://www.henkys-rennbahnwerkstatt.de/ about 3 months ago. I thought they were sent and then after inquiring found that they weren't and I was promised they'd be out on the next Monday yet they are still not here. I have emailed many times and now I am not even getting a reply from them. I fear my money is lost and that they'll never turn up. To make this worse, I am a dealer which they know and you'd think they'd want to look after someone who wants to buy and resell their product on an ongoing basis.

I'd really like to hear if anyone has more info regarding them.

Regards,
Damo
Hi Damien, Did you ever receive these chips?
 
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