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RACECAR/J – Hokuyo UST-10LX Configuration

February 21, 2018 kangalow 2

In the first part of our Hokuyo UST-10LX installation article, we made a wiring harness and installed the lidar into RACECAR/J. After connecting the Jetson on the RACECAR to an HDMI monitor, keyboard and mouse we are ready to configure the Hokuyo and test it under ROS. Looky here: Hokuyo Read more …

Hokuyo UST-10LX
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RACECAR/J – Hokuyo UST-10LX Lidar

February 20, 2018 kangalow 0

Adding a Hokuyo UST-10LX Scanning Range Finder to RACECAR/J is probably the most difficult task in the build to replicate a MIT RACECAR. With a little patience, it’s not too difficult. Looky here: Background One popular approach to vehicle autonomy is to add lidar and use the output to map Read more …

BLDC Tool
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RACECAR/J – Programming the Electronic Speed Controller

February 13, 2018 kangalow 32

Before we can run RACECAR/J, we need to program the electronic speed controller, called a VESC, for the motor and steering. Looky here: Background For RACECAR/J, we replace the stock TRAXXAS ESC with Vedder Electronic Speed Controller (VESC) version 4.12 compatible hardware. The major reason for the change is to Read more …

RACECAR/J Software Install
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RACECAR/J Software Install

February 5, 2018 kangalow 25

In the previous article in our RACECAR/J Build Series, we finished the initial assembly of the base robot. Now it is time for the Software Install. Looky here: Background In the video, we install the software for the “MIT Hardware Configuration – Version 2.5” of RACECAR/J. This includes support for Read more …

Top Platform Deck Installed
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RACECAR/J Initial Assembly

January 28, 2018 kangalow 2

In Part One and Part Two of the RACECAR/J Series, we built the chassis and platform decks. Now it’s time to put them together. Looky here: Introduction Building even a simple robot like RACECAR/J usually means several assembly steps. Now that we’ve built the chassis and the platform decks, it’s Read more …

RacecarJ Lower Platform FI
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RACECAR/J Platform Preparation

January 24, 2018 kangalow 2

RACECAR/J Platform Preparation is the second step of building RACECAR/J. In an earlier article we prepared the chassis, here we will be working on preparing the platform decks and adding some electronics. Looky here: Background One way to think about RACECAR/J is that it consists of two parts. The first Read more …

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RACECAR/J Chassis Preparation

November 30, 2017 kangalow 15

This is the first step of building a RACECAR/J. Here we prepare the chassis by removing parts we do not use, and upgrading the springs and bumper. Looky here: Background RACECAR/J is derived from the open source MIT RACECAR, an “open-source powerful platform for robotics research and education”. The first Read more …

Ariel Anders Visual Servoing
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Mobile Robot Navigation – Visual Servoing – Ariel Anders

September 26, 2017 kangalow 0

At a recent MIT/Lincoln Labs 2017 Beaver Works Summer Institute Seminar, Ariel Anders gave a lecture on visual servoing control systems with regards to mobile robot navigation. Looky here: Background There are many parts to mobile robot navigation. As this information is used directly in programming the MIT RACECAR, a Read more …

Ariel Anders Lecture
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Mobile Robot Navigation – Route Planning – Ariel Anders

September 6, 2017 kangalow 0

At a recent MIT/Lincoln Labs 2017 Beaver Works Summer Institute Seminar, Ariel Anders gave a lecture on route planning with regards to mobile robot navigation. Looky here: Background There are many parts to mobile robot navigation. As this information is used directly in programming the MIT RACECAR, a NVIDIA Jetson Read more …

RACECAR/J Chassis
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RACECAR/J Build – Chassis

June 26, 2017 kangalow 14

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 …