Haven’t you ever wondered how google and some of the other big name companies are attempting to make autonomous vehicles? Well, a few months ago this really struck a chord with me and I decided to dive in deeper to understand how this is possible. The more I researched it, the more intrigued I became and wanted to run my own autonomous vehicle
While researching all this information on the web there were almost no stories on professionals talking about the process of building these well thought out machines from start to finish. In turn, I decided to write about my own encounters when it comes to building such a project. Over the next month or so, I will be continuously updating this blog with any progress I have made and any problems that arose.
In hind sight, my mission was to grow intellectually and fine tune my skills with the decision to design and make my own autonomous vehicle, but a lot smaller. By this I mean I went out and bought a remote controlled car that would eventually, through hard work, turn into a self-maintained system that would be able to drive itself.
With the use of the Business Innovation Center and their engineering lab, I started to explore the different options. When looking online, there was little information on how to start this project or really even how to go upon making an autonomous vehicle. Do I just jump into the wiring of the toy? Do I need a sort of chip like computer to program certain functions? There were a lot of questions crossing my mind.
What I came to realize was that there are basic components for the prototype For example, there are two arduino fio boards and one raspberry pi., an existing 9 volt battery, rear motor, front steering motor, and sensory system.
Making a multi-processor car and cooperating system is the primary goal. Keeping the project affordable and resourceful is the seconoday goal
This prototype is not yet finished, but through writing about it I hope to share my experiences and story that will be of interest to any one reading. I will update this blog with forward and developing progress.
My intention is to create a way to commercialize my end result in a way that has not been done. I am well aware this technology already exists, but with creativity and a different approach, other opportunities will be formed.