Self-Driving Power Wheels Car

Retrofitting a Power Wheels car to make it self-driving.

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Our project consists of two main parts. First, overhauling an existing Power Wheels car to better simulate a real vehicle. We will be replacing the wheels, battery, gear boxes, motors, and adding brakes. The second part of the project is retrofitting the Power Wheels to make it autonomous. We will build a rig that mounts to the car to control the gas, brakes, and steer the wheel. Input from a variety of sensors will be used to control these movements. We are continuing to research the best components to make this project a success.


Frame Construction & Chassis

  • Weight & Strength
  • Maximum top speed (Goal: 15 mph)
  • Comfort of riding & Braking System
  • Wheel traction & Motors
  • Chassis Reinforcement

Additional Car Electronics/Necessities

  • Ultrasonic sensors on all sides
  • Speaker to communicate danger
  • Accelerating system
  • Indicators

Autonomous Driving

  • Avoid obstacles using ultrasonic sensors
  • GPS tracking to navigate to a certain point
  • Additional possibilities if time permits:
    • Remote control
    • Speaker guided commands

  • 2 × MY1020 1000W 48V UNITE DC Electric Brush Motor
  • 1 × 48V 7AH SLA Battery
  • 1 × Go Kart frame
  • 4 × Arnold 15-in Front Wheel for Riding Lawn Mower
  • 2 × Indoors Lidar Range Finder Sensor Module

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  • Web Update

    wdpemble12/07/2018 at 20:31 0 comments

    At this point, we have spent a significant amount of time searching for and choosing the specific parts we will need for the remainder of the project. Currently, our main focus is constructing a new aluminum chassis to replace the one that is currently part of the Power Wheels vehicle. This will increase greatly increase the durability of our vehicle so that is able to support the weight of an average adult. Recently, we removed the original wheels from the vehicle and are preparing to detach the plastic shell from the rest of the vehicle. The raw materials for chassis construction have been ordered as well. Chassis construction is the next task at hand and we will begin that as soon as our materials have arrived. Once the chassis is completed we will attach the plastic shell to it to maintain the original look of the vehicle. 

  • CAD Designs for Final Look & Underneath Frame Box

    aaronwadhwa11/06/2018 at 16:26 0 comments

  • Research Proposal

    PowerWheels11/06/2018 at 16:19 0 comments

    We finished our final proposal, which outlines our problem, objectives, and approach for this project. Our proposal can be read here:

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