The first step to making an autonomous RC car is to be able to control the vehicle. To do this the first step is to be able to control the mechanical components of the car. For this platform I only need to generate two PWM signals to control the vehicle: one for the steering and one for the throttle. Sensors are mounted to the car to collect data on the state of the vehicle such as longitudinal speed, image data, and IMU data.
To program the vehicle I am using an Nvidia Jetson Nano with ROS and Python.
The car used in this build is a custom TA07 with a large surface area chassis.
July 2019: Car is able to be controlled through ROS. Velocity data collected from custom modified sensored brushless motor encoder.
As of July 2018 still a work in progress.