Encoder Project Introduction
Our project involved adding an encoder component to the MAE 148 Autonomous Vehicle we previously built. The motivation for this project was to have access to data concerning the speed and distance travelled in order to improve speed control.
The original configuration of the vehicle controlled the speed of the car by controlling the voltage from the battery to the motor. This voltage was based on data from user inputs(explain in step 1). The encoder allowed the voltage to be based on data concerning the actual current speed, which meant the vehicle could have cruise control capability.
Step One: Build the Autonomous Vehicle
Step Two: Mount the Encoder
Step Three: Ardiuno Communication
Step Four: Raspberry Pi Communication
Step Five: Testing