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Autonomous RC Car Electronics ?

Old 04-17-2022, 11:40 PM
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Hi All,
Does anyone on the forum have experience with building an Autonomous RC Car?

There seem to be several different Autonomous RC Car Racing programs;
  1. Autonomous Racing Leagues/Competitions
  2. NXP Cup
  3. MXcarkit Autonomous Driving Challenge
  4. NVIDIA’s DIY Autonomous Car Race
So far the most interesting project that I have found is the
the build uses;
  1. NVIDIA Jetson Nano (or Raspberry Pi ?)
  2. ROS Software
  3. 4X YDLIDAR - LIDAR $79
  4. VESC Software
  5. VESC $107
  6. Plus chassis (thinking TT02), Brushless Motor, Batteries, etc.
I am also interested in learning about;
  1. Ardupilot Rover
  2. QGroundcontrol
  3. Pixhawk
I welcome any suggestions or guidance. Thank you!
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This looks super fun, but there's a bit of a backlog in my build pipeline to explore this just yet . The project described in the video doesn't look like it's had an update for 2 years. I fear the reality of dealing with the LIDAR and navigation could be a decent challenge.

If you follow the bouncing ball on the NVIDIA series, you end up at a pretty comprehensive set of instructions for both hardware (based on a TT02) and software with some working examples:

There are probably lots of other avenues to explore. The best performing autonomous setups use multiple input types - computational power and complexity rise pretty quickly.
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Old 04-18-2022, 01:06 PM
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Dear PDR
Thank you for sharing the NVIDIA Jetracer! I was interested to see that they are using a camera instead of a LIDAR.

Would appreciate any additional suggestions, I have looked for the NVIDIA Jetson and it seems out of stock everywhere (or very expensive) with the COVID-19 chip storage.

+ I know the "backlog in build pipeline" well, for me that is much of the fun of the hobby; dreaming about the next projects. Cheers.
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Check out DIY Robocars and Donkey Car. They share a huge, helpful community on Discord (invite link). The members there will help you even if you aren't using a Donkey Car.

I was able to snag a Jetson Nano before the prices and stock went insane, but I struggled to get it running ROS at an adequate speed. I might have been doing it wrong, though!

Here's a link to my own, somewhat stagnant project: Robocar - TB05

Edit: the guy who started DIY Robocars, and who is very active on the Discord, was one of the people involved in creating Pixhawk and Ardupilot.
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Would like to add for anyone else that may find this thread 2nd hand Amazon deep racer kits are pretty cheap 70 to 200 dollars
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