Objective:

In this lesson, we will add 5 black/white tracking sensors to the framework built in Lesson 1. If you have not completed installation in Lesson 1, please review Lesson 1

The software in this lesson will read data from these 5 black/white tracking sensors and automatically guide the smart car to move along the black track line in the white ground.

Parts and Devices:

Device Name
picture
qty
Screw Number
Tracking sensor module
5
M3*10 screw x5
M3 nuts x5
1pin male to 5 pins female jumper wires
2
Lower chassis
1
M3*5 screw x5
Copper pillar x5
Upper chassis
1
M3*5 screw x5
Gear Motor with wires
(Acrylic fastener for Gear Motor x8
Velocity encoder x4)
4
M3*30 screw x8
M3 nuts x8
Wheel
4
UNO R3 board for Arduino with USB cable
1
M3*10 screw x4
M3 nuts x4
Transparent Washer x4
L298NPro motor driver module
1
M3*10 screw x4
M3 nuts x4
Transparent Washer x4
Box for 18650 3.7V battery
1
M3*10 screw x4
M3 nuts x4
DC power connector with wires
1
Voltage meter
1
M3*10 screw x2
M3 nuts x2
Transparent Washer x2
Jumper wires(female to female)
some
Jumper wires(male to female)
some
Cross screwdriver
1

Hardware Installation:
1) Install the smart car basic framework as per Smart Car Lesson 1. If you have already completed installation in Lesson 1, Lesson 2 and Lesson 3, just keep it as is. No need to remove any module installed in Lesson 2 and Lesson 3 . You can assemble tracking sensor modules into empty holes at the front of lower chassis .

2) Fix tracking sensor module on lower chassis with 5pcs M3*10 screw and M3 nuts. Make sure that every sensor head is over the gaps at the front side of lower chassis so that the sensor can detect black lines in white ground.

3) From left to right, connect the D0(D zero) pin in tracking sensor module to D3, A1, A2, A3, D10 pin in UNO board. Remember: DO NOT remove any existing wires installed in Smart Car Lesson 1 . Use 1pin male to 5 pins female jumper wires to connect VCC and GND of 5pcs tracking sensor modules. Connect VCC of tracking sensor module to 5V in UNO board, GND to GND. As the following photo shows:


Software Installation:
Step 1: Install latest Arduino IDE (If you have Arduino IDE version after 1.1.16, please skip this step). Download Arduino IDE from https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Software?setlang=en , then install the software.

Step 2: Download Lesson 4 tracking smart car sample code from http://osoyoo.com/driver/smartcar-lesson4.zip , unzip the download zip file smartcar-lesson4.zip, you will see a folder called smartcar-lesson4 .

Step 3:  Connect UNO R3 board to PC with USB cable, Open Arduino IDE -> click file -> click Open -> choose code “smartcar-lesson4.ino” in smartcar-lesson4 folder, load the code into arduino.

Step 4: Choose corresponding board/port for your project,upload the sketch to the board.

Step 5: Adjust the sensitivity of tracking sensor modules. Turn on and hold the car and adjust the potentiometer on the tracking sensor with cross screwdriver until you get the best sensitivity status: the signal indicate LED light  will turn on when sensor is above white ground, and the signal LED will turn off when the sensor is above black track

Testing:

Prepare a black track (18mm wide) in white ground. Please note, the bend angle of track can’t be larger than 90 degree. If the angle is too large, the car will move out of the track.

Turn on the car and put the middle of tracking sensor module facing over black track, and then the car will move along the black track.

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