Arduino ROS Node Interface
Jetson RACECAR

Jetson RACECAR 11 – Arduino ROS Node for Car Control

August 2, 2016 4

In the eleventh part of our Jetson RACECAR build we construct a breadboard to interface the car with the Jetson using an Arduino ROS Node. Then we install the software, and test using a ROS teleoperation node to control the car with a game controller to boot. Looky here: Background Read more …

Motor Control Discussion
Jetson RACECAR

Jetson RACECAR 10 – Motor Control and Battery Discussion

July 5, 2016 17

In the tenth part of our Jetson RACECAR build we discuss how to control the drive motor and steering servo. Then we discuss battery selection to power the electronic components we are adding to the car. Looky here: Background As discussed in Part 3 – ESC Motor Controller, the TRAXXAS Read more …

RACECAR Install ROS
Jetson RACECAR

Jetson RACECAR Part 8 – Custom Kernel and ROS Install

June 29, 2016 0

In the eighth part of the Jetson RACECAR build, we start on the RACECAR software component. We build a custom kernel for the Jetson and then we install ROS. Looky here: Background During the Jetson RACECAR build, you noticed that we are adding various devices which need to be interfaced Read more …

Razor IMU
Jetson RACECAR

Jetson RACECAR Part 7 – Razor IMU Mounting

June 27, 2016 0

In the seventh part of our Jetson RACECAR build, we add a Sparkfun Razor 9DOF IMU to the lower platform. Looky here: Background The Sparkfun 9 Degrees of Freedom Razor IMU is a frequent choice for many robotic projects. From the Sparkfun website: Description: The 9DOF Razor IMU incorporates three Read more …

Jetson RACECAR with Upper Platform
Jetson RACECAR

Jetson RACECAR Part 6 – Upper Platform Mounting

February 24, 2016 2

In the sixth part of our Jetson RACECAR build, the upper platform is mounted to the lower platform and the initial test fitting commences. Looky here: Background As noted in Jetson RACECAR Part 5, there were issues mounting the PCA9685 PWM Driver, as the breakout board did have the correct Read more …

Jetson RACECAR Lower Platform Test Fit
Jetson RACECAR

Jetson RACECAR Part 5 – Lower Platform Mounting and Components

February 15, 2016 0

In the fifth part of our Jetson RACECAR build, the lower platform mounting commences, along with the attachment of a Jetson Development Kit. Looky here: Background As we discussed about in Part 4 of the Jetson RACECAR build, we are mounting the lower platform to the suspension towers of the Read more …

Jetson Development Kit controlling a ESC on a TRAXXAS Rally car
Jetson RACECAR

Jetson RACECAR Part 3 – ESC Motor Controller

January 26, 2016 12

In the third part of our Jetson RACECAR build series, we are working through controlling the ESC motor controller. Looky here: Background In an R/C car such as the TRAXXAS Rally that we’re using in this project, servo motors and the drive motor Electronic Speed Ccontroller (ESC) are controlled by Read more …

Jetson RACECAR Steering FI
Jetson RACECAR

Jetson RACECAR Part 2 – RACECAR Steering Control

January 20, 2016 5

In the first article on the Jetson RACECAR project we described several tasks that need to be completed. The first task on the list that we’ve chosen to work on is building the Jetson RACECAR steering control. Looky here: Background In previous articles such as this one, we discussed connecting Read more …

Traxxas Rally Chassis
Jetson RACECAR

Jetson RACECAR Build – Part 1 – Traxxas Rally Unboxing

January 18, 2016 11

This is the first of a multi-part series on building a Rapid Autonomous Complex-Environment Competing Ackermann-steering Robot, or RACECAR, based on a NVIDIA Jetson Development Kit and Traxxas Rally Remote Controlled car chassis. In this first installment, we unbox the Traxxas Rally and outline some of the first tasks that Read more …

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