Autonomous exploration using Arduino

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Dr. Mezei Gergely
Department of Automation and Applied Informatics

At the dawn of the 21st century the internet and the IT are available almost everywhere. The IoT devices are spreading and there are more and more possibilities in them. The pace of the evolution, development is amazing, for example the computational capacity of our mobile devices are far away from the system’s capacity that helped people to reach the moon, but not necessarily their reliability. Just try to imagine that what can we hold in our hands in 30-50 years, if it even needs to be held? This is not necessarily easy to predict, but we can see that we can do many things already in the IT field. We create smart stuffs like smartphones, smartwatches, smart bands, smart rings, smart shoes, and even we create smart fridges, that can order food if the fridge is empty. I believe that the next big smart things will appear in the traffic, like smart cars. And to go forward even smart cities will appear. There are a lot of companies that try to make this all reachable for everyone, like Samsung, Volvo, Mercedes, Continental, Tesla, Google and a lot more.

I personally think that this topic is really interesting and there are a lot of inexhaustible possibilities in it, so I went into this direction. The goal of my thesis is to create such an autonomous system, which can discover unknown territories with the usage of an Arduino based vehicle and a controller application. In doing my thesis, first I had to gather some technical information about this topic. After my research I designed a system that completes all the requirements. After the planning phase I successfully built an Arduino based vehicle and an Android application that controls it. The vehicle is able to navigate autonomously and accident-free in an unknown environment. The final system has no map creation function, because of its limitations. After I described development of the complete system I summed up my annual work and I considered the further development opportunities.


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