Racing wheel guided R/C car with video feed

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Instructables user [Kaeru no Ojisan] enjoys constructing R/C kit cars and wanted to build one that could be driven using a PC racing wheel he had on hand. Not satisfied with simply guiding it with the racing wheel, he added a web cam to the car so that he can monitor its location from the comfort of his desk chair.

The car is loaded down with all sorts of electronics to get the job done, requiring four separate battery packs to keep them online. An Arduino controls the motor and the steering servos, receiving its commands wirelessly via a Bluetooth add-on. The camera connects to a USB to Ethernet converter, which enables the car’s video feed to be transmitted via the onboard wireless router.

The racing wheel interface seems to work just fine, though we don’t doubt that the whole setup can be easily simplified, reducing both weight and battery count. While [Kaeru no Ojisan] says that the car is in its concept stages and there are a few bugs to work out, we think it’s a good start.

Stick around to see a quick video of the car in testing.

Comments

  1. Drew says:

    It’s virtual virtual reality.

  2. twopartepoxy says:

    this is very good. looks like fairly common parts were used also. might have a go at this kind of thing at some point.

  3. Coligny says:

    There’s cheap, simple, elegant and efficient way to do RC FPV rigs… and then there’s this guy…

    (hobbyking dot com is your friend…)

  4. zacdee316 says:

    Great little project, but I think it’s been done before. At least it looks like it would’ve. There have been many slow nights where I think to myself “Camera on a R/C car”. But this needs a rotating camera. Or maybe a little mirror system to look behind (a small mirror could be moved in front of the camera and then reflect to other small mirrors to eventually see behind the camera)

  5. Panikos says:
  6. fartface says:

    Been done before, in fact we had a “video game” build here where they even built the track!

    Now, get this to work across the country…. I’d love to drive a RC car around the Cali Office.

  7. stefodestructo says:

    I did the same thing a few years ago. I ran into a problem with video lag caused by the linux 2.4 camera drivers. It was still fun to drive.

  8. Mark says:

    Nobody’s mentioned force feedback yet but, with some feedback from the car’s steering servos, shouldn’t something like that be possible? That would be *way* cool.

  9. randommate says:

    yeah,and on “Prototype This” did it in an early episode with real cars on a smash em up derby track for a mind controlled road rage test.

    still good to see it being done almost from scratch.

  10. Oscar says:

    This is pretty cool. It’s fun to see the many unique ways that Radio Control Car Enthusiast approach this concept. This approach reminds me of the r/c coin ops at your average amusement park. I give him props for not taking the easy way out by purchasing the readily available items that would make it easier. I may take some time out and try my hand at making a DIY radio control car also, with a camera of course.

  11. gasadmintea says:

    thats kinda sick for just a toys..,can a beginner in rc making custom models like this?

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