NOTE: I have never used an arduino or anything like the setup I have a question about. A standard Computer motherboard is as far as I've ever been in electronics and this appears to be a whole different realm of electronics.
My College class is requesting a setup of an electric car that calls for wirelessly transmitting information from the vehicle to a laptop in "the pit". I believe the setup should be as follows:
12V car battery -> Hall-Effect Current Sensor (ACS721) -> Arduino -> Xbee wireless chip mounted on an Xbee Shield -> (WIRELESS TRANSMISSION) -> Xbee wireless chip with a cable converting to USB -> Laptop
The sending and receiving of information needs to be managed or setup or something with Digi's X-CTU software and I believe we have to write a C++ program to manage the data as well. My problem is how exactly do I wire and setup up all these parts? I am the only person working on this entire setup and I do not know much about electronics or Xbee communication and the transfer of data. Most specifically, I would like to know how to wire and use the Hall-Effect Current Sensor with the arduino board and how to view that electrical current data on my laptop.
I am VERY familiar with computers, (which is why I was drafted for this :/) and the C++/Computer portions of this project but that does not mean I am familiar with all these Electronics.