4. Terrific Transport

From intelligent highways to driverless vehicles, robotic vehicles are set to change the way that we get around in the future. The developments in this field over the past decade have been amazing. For example, by August 2012 Google’s driverless cars had completed over half a million kilometres accident-free.

Google Robocar Racetrack Ride
Photo Credit: Steve Jurvetson via Compfight

This unit consists of three tutorials and one open-ended challenge. To complete this unit, you will need to work through the tutorials and then complete the final task, which is to create, and demonstrate, your own challenge related to transport!

This unit provides an introduction to…

  • Proportional controls
  • Bluetooth communications
  • Data logging

4.1 Safe following distance

  • Create a robot that slows to a stop and follows another robot at a safe distance
  • Proportional controls

4.2 Relay race

  • Use bluetooth communication between a pair of NXT robots in a relay race
  • Extension: Use an NXT as a remote control for another robot

4.3 Speed check

  •  Use datalogging to perform a “speed check” of a robot car

4.4 Design your own challenge

  • Design, build and program a method for autonomous or remote control transport for a specific need.


Next: Gentle stop (Password required – you need to complete Unit 1 first!)

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