Stats on most popular Sparkfun AVC vehicles (APM #1 for both flying and ground vehicles)

In the lead-up to this year's Autonomous Vehicle Competition, Sparkfun just posted the stats for last year's AVC:

Last year we asked participants to give us a list of the major parts they used in their vehicle (SparkFun or otherwise) and 31 participants responded. And similar to the whole field, about two thirds participated in the ground competition and one third aerial.

The controller most often used in ground vehicles was an ArduPilot (ArduPilot Mega 2.5) (30%). The ArduPilot is an assembled PCB with an accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetic sensor, pressure sensor, GPS connector and current sensor. [Using the ArduRover code]

For aerial platforms, the controller most often used was the Ardupilot (ArduPilot Mega 2.5) (4 out of 5, or 80%). [Using the ArduCopter and ArduPlane code]

This year 3DR is going be debuting a new ready-to-roll ArduRover at the AVC, which is designed to dominate again ;-). Sparkfun is now giving away five of these (Developer Edition) free to AVC entrants! See the details at the bottom of the post here.

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Comment by hotelzululima on May 1, 2014 at 12:15am

Some how this does NOT surprise me a bit :)

       all the best


Comment by Kirby G on May 1, 2014 at 6:53pm
I was one of the lucky five. Here is a link to what the 3DR ArduRover looks like.

It looks like the chassis is the Turnigy beetle rc car. The mounting part looks great, far better than what i have made for mine i was working on. I will make sure to show some pictures when I get mine.
Comment by JesseJay on May 2, 2014 at 9:49am

 Thanks for the link!   I signed up for the AVC right away when I saw that, but I must not have done it in time to be one of the five.  :(


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