There are a number of ongoing projects developing autonomous vehicles, both helicopters and airplanes. The purpose of this project is to study a concept for calculating the height and attitude of a helicopter. The system will be active during Continue reading
Unmanned vehicles are being developed for a wide variety of scientific, and military uses. Using a coordinated team allows for greater robustness, flexibility or ease of use. While there are several unmanned Continue reading
This paper represents a computer controlled small vehicle. This kind of vehicle can move in a predefined path without human operator intervention and can collect data from the surrounding environment. This data has been processed by a well structured hardware and software. After processing the received data is sent to the vehicle to move it in its correct path. This type of vehicle can be used in variety of application such as military spying, fire fighting system etc.
A 6 volt motor operated small vehicle is developed which is fully computer controlled. The developed system has been interfaced with PC through standard parallel printer port of an IBM compatible Pentium I processor. Micro-switch sensors /1/ has been attached with the body of the vehicle at different locations to collect data from the surrounding environment. Five sensors are used for this purpose and they are attached on front, back, lower front and two sides of the vehicle. Data from the vehicle is serially sent towards the PC through a transmission line using serial data transmission standard. A software has been developed using ‘TURBO C’ language to process this data and suitable command has been sent serially towards the vehicle to move it in its correct path. The complete system is shown in block diagram in the download.