RACECAR/J Chassis
RACECAR/J

RACECAR/J Build – Chassis

June 26, 2017 kangalow 1

This article marks the start of the prototype RACECAR/J build. RACECAR/J is an 1/10 scale autonomous vehicle. First up, preparing the chassis. Looky here: Background This is the third hardware prototype of the RACECAR on JetsonHacks. The prototype base is the MIT RACECAR, an “open-source powerful platform for robotics research Read more …

Scan Sweep Scanner
Jetson RACECAR

Scanse Sweep LIDAR Software Install

June 6, 2017 kangalow 4

The newly introduced Scanse Sweep Scanner is an inexpensive 2D LIDAR that is easy to interface with a NVIDIA Jetson Development Kit. Looky here: Background LIDAR is much the talk in robot navigation, especially in the autonomous driving arena. It comes in three flavors. The first is usually called 1D, Read more …

RACECAR/J Thumb
Jetson RACECAR

What is the difference between RACECAR projects?

June 4, 2017 kangalow 8

Reader Fikri asked: Now, I’ve been a while trying to understand RACECAR/J and other similar project out there. Please correct me if my understanding is way off. So, there are 2 different approaches to build this project, first nvidia’s way (end to end learning) like what Tobias did and second Read more …

VESC FI
Jetson RACECAR

Get Your Motor Running – VESC – Jetson RACECAR Build

June 1, 2017 kangalow 25

After finishing the installation of the ROS packages on the Jetson RACECAR, we need to program the VESC, an electronic speed controller, for use in the Jetson RACECAR. Looky here: Background As discussed in Part 3 – ESC Motor Controller, the TRAXXAS steering servo and the drive motor Electronic Speed Read more …

Jetson RACECAR Software 2
Jetson RACECAR

Jetson RACECAR Build – Software Install 2

May 30, 2017 kangalow 8

In part one of the RACECAR software install, we set the stage. In this article, we install the RACECAR packages. Looky here: Background One of the packages that is installed is for Ackerman Steering. This is the type of steering geometry that is used in most automobiles. Angled steering arms Read more …

Jetson RACECAR Software Install
Jetson RACECAR

Jetson RACECAR Build – Software Install

April 26, 2017 kangalow 13

The software install for the Jetson RACECAR is a multi-step process. Looky here: Background There are a couple of different ways to install the software for the Jetson RACECAR. The MIT RACECAR repository on Github has instructions on how to directly install their software from a conveniently provided disk image. Read more …

Jetson RACECAR Upper Platform
Jetson RACECAR

Jetson RACECAR Build – Upper Platform

April 17, 2017 kangalow 6

After putting together the lower platform of the Jetson RACECAR, the next step is to assemble the upper platform. Looky here: Stiffening the Springs With the addition of the extra weight from the platforms, computer and sensors, the RACECAR is getting a case of “droopy drawers”. Time to address that Read more …

Jetson RACECAR

Jetson RACECAR Build – Lower Platform

April 10, 2017 kangalow 6

Time to put the lower platform together and do a test fit. Looks here: Lower Platform Build The lower platform consists of four major components: VESC – Electronic Speed Controller 7 Port USB Hub – Amazon Basics A NVIDIA Jetson Development Kit, Here we use a Jetson TX1. A Sparkfun Read more …

Jetson RACECAR Restart
Jetson RACECAR

Jetson RACECAR Restart!

April 3, 2017 kangalow 16

The green flag is back out, and the Jetson RACECAR project is starting again! The Jetson RACECAR is a ROS based, 1/10 scale, R/C car platform autonomous vehicle. The Jetson RACECAR is based on the MIT RACECAR project, an open source hardware and software project. Here’s a quick look at Read more …

RealSense ROS Jetson TX2
ROS

Intel RealSense Package for ROS on NVIDIA Jetson TX2

March 29, 2017 kangalow 13

Intel provides an open source ROS package for their RealSense Cameras. Let’s install the package on the Jetson TX2. Looky here: Background Intel is investing heavily in computer vision hardware, one of the areas being 3D vision. There have been several generations of the RealSense devices, in the video we Read more …