Autonomous ATV

A team at UNC Charlotte has been working on an autonomous vehicle to drag a cart that has sensing equipment. Starting with a stock Honda ATV, different systems were added to give a Renesas processor control of the ATV.  A model airplane receiver was attached to the Renesas to give remote control for Phase 1 of the project. Basically they’ve turned the ATV into a giant remote controlled car.

Later revisions will incorporate LIDAR, cameras, and multiple GPS units so the ATV can autonomously traverse most terrain with a high level of accuracy. Path planning will become a large part of the project at that point.


  1. gazorp says:

    (say it with me) REMOTE CONTROL != AUTONOMOUS

    I realize they have plans to get there, but at this point it is a big RC toy.

    Best of luck guys and CAN i have a RIDE?!

  2. barry99705 says:

    I was waiting for a mythbusters moment where the deadman switch didn’t work and it went crashing through a chain like fence.

  3. JdR says:

    A big part of ATV riding is the rider changing the COG with his or her body weight. I’m curious as to how the ATV will handle at any speed without that movable weight. I predict rolling.

  4. localroger says:

    Yes I got this far into the darpa challenge myself, though it was at about 1/8 scale to what these guys did. Same basic result though unless they go a lot further.

  5. K says:

    It would be a lot of fun to take this someplace public and adding a audio system with a distortion have it go talk to people.

    *vroom* “Hey, you by the Toyota. How’s it goin’? You, uh, you got anything for me?”

  6. chriggy says:

    They’ve got a ways to go. I was part of 2 darpa grand challenges myself(making it to the final event both times).

    As far as using an ATV goes, our first platform was based off a stock Honda ATV. With a proper control system, it’s actually quite manageable and controllable, even at speed. We did roll it once(at 50 mph), but that was due to a, umm, software malfunction.

  7. Wwhat says:

    Yeah I know someone who has an autonomous car, although as of yet it has a driver, but once he gets rich and the technology is there he’ll add lidar and what not, and it already has GPS so it’s more advanced than this..
    (internet-required note: I’m being sarcastic.)

  8. jrocky says:

    Sounds kind of like the Army Crusader project where the ammunition trailer could detach from the tank and be controlled remotely to return to the ammo supply depot and return to the tank in the field. But that project was dumped by G.W. Bush shorty after starting his first presidential term.

  9. David says:

    This is definitely pretty cool, but not as cool as a remote control Delorean.

  10. Red says:

    Nothing unique here. Many of the Darpa grand challenge schools/groups started with atv level vehicles or use them for other projects in their research divisions.

  11. michiru says:

    someone already demonstrated an autonomous motorbike on youtube, a lot more impressive than a 4 wheel ATV that doesn’t need active balancing to stay up. hackaday’s losing luster again.

  12. Greg says:

    Maybe some of you people should change the way you think of hackaday. I enjoy when they post projects that are on-going. It gives me a chance to follow them. Sure people have done this and much more before, but that’s the past and it’s interesting to see what else is going on. Perhaps they will do something different or interesting.

    It’s not everyday that an amazing project is completed that’s never been done before, so why hope for that? Hackaday has done a nice job compiling project pages and even doing their own segments, I think the page is just as good as ever.

  13. nick says:

    this team’s about 6 years late. google “darpa grand challenge spirit of las vegas” for an autonomous honda atv with GPS, video, etc sensors.

  14. grey says:

    Wow, I wish my school had that much parking.

  15. engrforever says:

    Roll or fly! It is all about the endless nights and lines of code at the end of the day!

    Though this not some dream anymore, it is certainly a fun project we are getting to work on at UNC CHARLOTTE. We have a few people who also competed in the Urban Challenge.

    Lets see what happens next ;)

  16. Paul G says:

    If anyone on that team has a dog, the absolutely HAVE to train it to sit on the ATV whilst its in motion.
    Just think of the other road users faces when the see a dog pull up alongside them at an intersection.

  17. dan says:

    I just love the fact that the guy remote controlling it is wearing a helmet!

  18. grizball says:

    @ dan: safety first! hahahaha

  19. KamiKaDze says:

    Thank`s =)

  20. ATV says:

    I got a laugh out of the guy controlling it too, why the helmet anyway, ATV safety to the extreme ? Great article.

  21. studioeng says:

    ‘If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88 miles per hour. You’re gunna see some serious shit!’

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 97,759 other followers