Nathan's Blog – April 2011 Archive (3)

More details on Minuteman

GPS vs. Dead Reckoning
So, I decided to try the bare minimum first, then add complexity as needed. It turned out that dead-reckoning worked pretty well. With some refinements, I think it will work REALLY well. Also I came to the conclusion that heavy reliance on GPS will doom any bot to slow speeds. The…
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Added by Nathan on April 28, 2011 at 5:30pm — 7 Comments

Sparkfun AVC summary from Minuteman--LONG

Minuteman in the pits

 

Lining up for the final heat

 

Roadrunner

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Added by Nathan on April 25, 2011 at 9:00pm — 8 Comments

Team Minuteman: Sparkfun AVC ground vehicle--Ardupilot-based



I will be competing in the Sparkfun AVC competition this year using Ardupilot hardware in a ground vehicle. My car is called Minuteman, and works on simple dead reckoning. It uses Ardupilot hardware, with an optical encoder and a gyro as the only sensors. No GPS, no compass, no proximity sensors. Testing has been really simplified by using the ardupilot, because…

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Added by Nathan on April 20, 2011 at 10:30am — 7 Comments

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