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Rapid Autonomous Buggy Intended for Track

An RC-Car with an Intel Edison for guts that can autonomously pace runners around a track

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As a university track athlete, I've always wanted to build a robot that can actually run a set lap time and reliably stay in one lane around a 400-meter track. This would be valuable for working out, as pacers (Often called 'Rabbits') are usually payed money to perform these tasks.

So I need to find an RC car that can do a reliable 15-20 mph for around 30-minutes at a time. I've done a lot of research so far and I just can't figure this stuff out. I'd love for any of you with RC knowledge to let me know what kind of car I might want to get.

I know I need an on-road, 1/10th-scale car with ESC. Outside of that I don't know what to get.

Please help(!)

  • Built a (Laughable) Prototype out of Legos

    Keenan Rebera09/09/2016 at 16:13 0 comments

    Well, I made a car. It has motors and can steer, and has a brain.

    It moves slower than a hermit crab, though. Here is the full report:

    https://returnzeero.wordpress.com/2016/06/02/i-made-a-car-that-doesnt-work/

  • PUMA Beat me to it

    Keenan Rebera05/07/2016 at 18:49 0 comments

    So it seems that PUMA has beat me to it. However, their bot seems to run with an array of light sensors, so it's really just a high-performance line following robot.

    I want to do something better. I want to build a system that can be easily modified for any track. I want to build something cheaper, and open source.

    Challenge accepted, PUMA. Challenge accepted.

    I also did more research into these types of builds, and it looks like I can get some type of Sensored Brushless motor that I can use in tandem with the ESC to tell how fast the car is traveling at all times. I would use the steering servo with this to do some kind of rudimentary integration based on a curve offset. Here's a great article that I think will be the key to unlocking the kind of behavior I'm looking for:


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