Platform 1: Hobby Electric Remote Control Car
Project 2a: Sensors
With the goal of autonomous navigation, the students shall research an array of possible sensors, assess their functionality, and develop a solution with one type (or more) of sensor(s) with the following goals:
∑ Obstacle Avoidance
∑ Route Identification
∑ Quality and preciseness of data such as distance
∑ Area coverage (blind spots, etc)
∑ High refresh rate for full sweeps
∑ Analog vs. Digital performance
∑ Assess various sensors by measuring cost, performance, overhead, resolution and precision, distance and reproducibility of the information;
∑ Design a solution that is capable of identifying obstacles of various spacing between each, up to 5 meters away;
∑ Demonstrate the designís strengths, shortcomings, and an assessment of its performance vs risk (i.e., long range but slow refresh, wide sweep area but fuzzy resolution, etc).
For the Professor: Successful sensors that have been used in the past are SONAR (Ultrasonic emitter and receiver), IR (infrared emitter and receiver), and LIDAR (Laser emitter and receiver). A combination of these has always yielded stronger results, if properly managed.