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Before posting an issue or a problem in the ArduRover Discussion Forum, please check the wiki table of contents, review the firmware release notes in the subforum, and search that subforum for existing answers to your question. Help avoid duplicate threads by finding other members with the same issue and their solution.

When formulating your post, use a descriptive title such as "rover will not navigate to waypoints in the Auto mode" (not "HELP!" or "Problem").

Please include the following information to help diagnose your query:

  • Describe the problem you are having. What is the expected verses the observed behavior?
  • Provide hardware information such as the brand and version of your autopilot, GPS, radio, and compass, as well as any other pertinent details about your rover setup.
  • What version of the APM: ArdurRover2 firmware version are you running?
  • For navigation issues, provide your tlog and/or dataflash log. Click here for instructions on retrieving a dataflash log.


Discussion Forum

Gear Shift / Clutch

Started by LoopZilla. Last reply by LoopZilla 11 hours ago. 2 Replies

I know there has been some discussion about reverse pathing and navigation, something I am very interested in.  Anyone who has run a full sized vehicle in a ditch knows how important this can be for…Continue

Contributing to giving sight to AV's

Started by RoboBill. Last reply by RoboBill yesterday. 56 Replies

Hello everyone,I'm trying to design and build an "open source" radar system. The premise is that while we have the hacked Neato and the RoboPeak system, I've not found anything for outdoor use. So…Continue

APM:Rover Questions

Started by Nakia Brewer. Last reply by Nakia Brewer on Wednesday. 5 Replies

Howdy all,I am currently building an RC/Autonomous Mower and have some questions I could use some help with.Currently I have the mower fabrication complete and as of yesterday I have the mower…Continue

To Start Rover

Started by yuvraj. Last reply by yuvraj on Monday. 8 Replies

How to start make an autonomous rover so what i need about the components please explain me sir so that i can start my work. so please provide me a which type of transmitter an receiver or any other…Continue

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Comment by Niall Dempsey on September 26, 2012 at 1:18am

Thomas - Thanks for your help

I had considered Sabertooth motor speed controllers but I ended up buying from 4QD in the UK and I've been using them for a couple of years with no problems.

In my current setup I'm using an Arduino and it reads the signals from the RC Receiver using CH1val = pulseIn(CH1, HIGH, 20000); and CH2val = pulseIn(CH2, HIGH, 20000); and I can then convert them to the format I need for the 4QD controllers. The problem is that when I try to use the same method with the APM 2.5 the values being read in are not correct. BTW the RC Receiver signals are not PWM there are PPL are far as I remember.

I'll have another go at trying to read the signals from the APM into the Arduino as it seems logical that they should be similar to what the RC Receiver produces.

Thanks again,


Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on September 25, 2012 at 3:59pm


I have a Dimension Engineering Sabertooth motor speed controller and in the RC mode the steering (aileron) signal determines direction (right/left) and the throttle signal determines the speed forward or backwards. This works with the APM 1 aileron and throttle signals for skid steering. I do not think that your speed controllers will work because you have no way to use the aileron signal for direction control in your setup. An Arduino Uno could be used to interpret the aileron signal to provide speed signals to the individual controllers to provide direction control. I have used an Arduino Uno to read PWM signals from an RC receiver so I know that it can be done. Try the Arduino Forum.



Comment by Niall Dempsey on September 25, 2012 at 12:52pm

Hello All,

I purchased the APM 2.5, uBlox GPS and 3DR Radio Kit and got it up and running with the Mission Planner. I now want to use this with an AGV that has tank steering. The 2 motor speed controllers I'm using have inputs for a PWM signal with a range 0 to 255 for motor speed and High/Low digital signal for Forward/Reverse.

It has been suggested that using Ailerons Mixing should provide what I need but the only parameter I could find was Elevon_Mixing and setting this to 1 does not seem to do what I want and even if it did the values would be in the wrong range.

I've had a look through the code but I'm finding it difficult to understand so as a temporary measure I tried using a second Arduino to read the outputs from Ch1 and Ch3 using PulseIn() but this doesn't read the values correctly. 

If anybody has got tank steering to work with APMrover2 or anybody can help, it would be greatly appreciated.



Comment by Vincent van Schijndel on September 23, 2012 at 11:18pm

Hello All,

i bought a second hand apm 1, to use with ardurover. looking forward to it, it should arrive in 1-2 weeks. 1 have 1 question. the owner told me i could never use the esc with bec, according to him i always have to take out the red wire from the esc and use a seperate ubec. this because if you plug in the usb without first powering the esc with a battery, there was a chance the esc pulled some power through the usb, causing the bord to blow.

is this correct? are you all using seperate ubecs? i cant find something about it on the forums, thats why i ask:)

thanks in advance!

greets vincent

Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on September 21, 2012 at 3:01pm

Hi All,

Well, I have got the ball rolling on building an ArduRover. How about some more build logs to give us ideas concerning building our own rovers! Help with hardware and software builds will be greatly appreciated by all.



Comment by Rich Maynard on September 18, 2012 at 6:48pm

Well if you looking to interface a WII Nunchuck check out


Comment by Bradley J Carr on September 17, 2012 at 7:20pm

i really need to learn the programing better.  i am going to go look at the arduino site and see what i can learn.  but i dont understand how to get the pulse width to react to the wii nunchuck

Comment by Rich Maynard on September 17, 2012 at 6:04pm


If you have a couple of questions go ahead an post them. Not to put you off though but there are many examples of using PWM on the Arduino site as well the samples and Library examples that come with the Arduino IDE.


Comment by KM6VV on September 17, 2012 at 4:24pm

ROS can run the connect on the turtlebot! 

It also has stacks to run obstacle avoidance, and blob tracking with a CMU camera.


Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on September 17, 2012 at 2:25pm


I am running Window 7 and plan to upgrade to Windows 8. I needed to run Windows 7 to be able to use the Kinect.

Concerning integration of robust obstacle avoidance and goal identification into the APM code, I think that it might not be a good idea due to the complexity of the existing APM code. I plan to let the APM do what it does well: navigate. The Arduino Uno does obstacle avoidance very well and maybe an Arduino Mega can provide goal identification. I am for diversified processing wherever possible as sometimes an all-in-one solution is cumbersome to debug and maintain.




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