From MAE/ECE 148 - Introduction to Autonomous Vehicles
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The following topics will be covered in this class:

Vehicle Components


  1. Basher SaberTooth 1/8 Scale Truggy
    1845KV Brushless Inrunner Motor (Waterproof)
    100A Brushless ESC w/ Reverse (waterproof)
    18Kg Heavy Duty Steering Servo (waterproof)
    Full time 4WD (video on differential gear)
    Alloy oil filled big bore adjustable screw shock absorbers
    Adjustable camber, caster, toe-in and toe-out
    Independent wishbone suspension
  2. Electronics
    • Batteries
    ZIPPY 5000mAh 2S1P 20C Hardcase Pack
    Turnigy 3000mAh 3S 20C Lipo Pack w/XT-60
    • Servo controller
    16 Channel 12 Bit PWM Servo Driver for Arduino and Raspberry Pi
    • Raspberry PI
    CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 Kit with Clear Case and 2.5A Power Supply
    • Camera
    SainSmart Wide Angle Fish-Eye Camera Lenses for Raspberry Pi Arduino
    • Emergency switch
    eMylo® DC 12V 1CH 433Mhz RF Relay Smart Wireless Remote Control Light Switch Transmitter with One Relay Receiver

Relevant Online Tutorials

Click on the following links for some useful information on your components:


Servos and RC Electronics:

Robot Motion

Neural Networks

Some links for interesting tutorial style reading on CNN:

Some links of RNN:


  • Encoders
  • IMU
  • Camera

Feedback control

  • Why feedback?
  • PID control


  • Encoders
  • IMU
  • Visual


  • Open CV
  • Obstacle avoidance
  • Performance considerations

Embedded Systems

  • Introduction to robotics
  • Centralized vs. distributed control
  • Closed loop vs. open loop control in mobile robots
  • On-board, off-board computing vs. on-line-computing and hybrid mode
  • Real-time systems vs. non-deterministic embedded systems
  • Robotics telemetry - low range high throughput, long range low throughput

Autonomous Vehicle

  • State-of-the-art