Friday, February 16, 2007
Autonomous RC Car with Laser Based Obstacle Detector
This is my first project with the computer controlled RC car, I made. Instead of purchasing ultrasonic obstacle detectors, I used my laser based obstacle detector with the RC car to turn it into an autonomous vehicle. The computer determines the position of the laser dot in the webcam's field of view. Based on its position on the y-axis, it determines how close the obstacle is, in front of the car. When an obstacle gets really close, the computer stops the car and turns it until it finds a place with no obstacles in close range. Check out the video above to see it in action! I apologize for the camera shakes in the video. I was finding it really difficult to do several things at the same time. Anyway, I admit that it would be much more fun and exciting if I had a wireless webcam. I can't stop thinking of the possibilities!