Mini Google Street View car built from Lego

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[Mark] was playing around with a small GPS sensor when a light bulb lit over his head. He imagined it would be pretty cool to replicate one of Google’s Street View cars at a fraction of the scale using Lego NXT parts. He figured it would be easy enough to rig a few cameras to a remote controlled car, recording images and GPS coordinates as it went along.

The mini Street View car is controlled by a single NXT module that receives commands from a PS2 controller via a PSPNx sensor he purchased. A trio of cameras have been attached to the car, which are meant to take pictures in all different directions when triggered by his remote. A handful of additional motors are also used for driving the car, steering, and for activating the shutter release on the cameras.

The car worked decently during testing, but [Mark] says there is still plenty of room for improvement. He is having issues reliably triggering all cameras at the moment, but we’re sure he’ll have it sorted out soon enough.

Keep reading to see a video of his mini Street View car in action.

7 thoughts on “Mini Google Street View car built from Lego

  1. That is really cool. Make the camera about the same as an average persons height and I could see these things going around my Campus (University of Kentuckly) on the sidewalks and stuff just mapping out everything. Maybe even in some of the major buildings. I wonder if my professors would let me use this as my project when time comes. Well not this obviously since someone else made it but this extended and modified.

    Anyway really cool build man!

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