Automated car steering demonstration with Arduino and LabView
For something interesting to spark your imagination, consider the following project by Instructables user "NicTanguay" and others. They've created a simple robotic car controlled via an Arduino that uses intelligence and control via a PC and LabView software to allow the car to follow a white line "on the road" - detected by a simple webcam above the car. And thus a somewhat primitive self-driving solution - for example:
It's an interesting example of the synergy between an Arduino and an external PC... as the Arduino makes an excellent interface between computing systems and physical hardware - and the PC brings the raw processing power required for the intelligence. Check out theInstructable page for more information. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.
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