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Remote control Toyota (Mechanics)

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Building a machine that will be capable of operating gas/brake and wheel was not an easy obstacle to overcome, using some borrowed equipment, I managed to build a working frame that can be easily dismantled from my wife's car. (mine is manual gear so I though that it will be TOO complicated...)

In purpose to control the pneumatics I needed to supply 24V to the valves, (see electronics page) that will press gas whenever I want the gas to turn ON and will take the piston back when I leave the stick, I did the same with the brake ( ON/OFF FWD - BCK)

Controlling the wheel was using an electric window motor that I dismantled from an old car, connected to some strings (from my daughter's game), 12V Supply, and a wood plate that is connected to the wheel with zip ties.

The Aluminum profiles (ITEM) are good for adjustments, which is required to for in car adjustments. the whole machine can be removed from the car within 5 minutes.

 
 
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Building a machine that will be capable of operating gas/brake and wheel was not an easy obstacle to overcome, using some borrowed equipment, I managed to build a working frame that can be easily dismantled from my wife's car. (mine is manual gear so I though that it will be TOO complicated...)

In purpose to control the pneumatics I needed to supply 24V to the valves, (see electronics page) that will press gas whenever I want the gas to turn ON and will take the piston back when I leave the stick, I did the same with the brake ( ON/OFF FWD - BCK)

Controlling the wheel was using an electric window motor that I dismantled from an old car, connected to some strings (from my daughter's game, 12V Supply, and a wood plate that is connected to the wheel with zip ties.

The Aluminum profiles (FESTO) are good for adjustments, which is required to for in car adjustments. the whole machine can be removed from the car within 5 minutes.

 
welderhero7 months ago
So make it cheap, and or self contained, and or reusable and or nearly indestructible. Fairly quick to install and sell it to the department of defense to clear land mines (ied's) ahead of troops and convoys. Way cheaper that a bazillion dollar armored vehicle with out the loss of life.
Cheap + ease seem to be missing from military spending.
A tank can be taken out with 2 small trucks with remotes and a rpg...
of course at that rate of attrition you would need many cargo ships full of them :p
I would guess there more or less junk cars in that part of the world that run well enough for the job. Where ever the cars come from The cost benefit ratio would be high on the benefit side.
t8007 months ago
Very nice project, well done: voted for you ;-)
bremus7 months ago
Cool project, but its probably the most dangerous inscrutable I've seen. Please don't take the car out of park with the wheels on the ground. :)
wavegm (author)  bremus7 months ago
:)
darman127 months ago
Doesn't this fall under the "don't try this at home" warning on Mythbusters? :P I won't tell Adam or Jamie.

Please post a video of the car in action!

rlitzner1 month ago
Hey man I was wondering if you can email me the instructions on how to convert a real car to a rc car
wavegm (author)  rlitzner1 month ago
Man - It's all in the instructable....
I can help if you ask specific questions
rlitzner1 month ago
Can I get the instructions on how to make that
Street legal I'm sure
rlarios5 months ago
I expected to see a video clip showing somebody driving the car remotely like Dr. Emmet Brown did in Back to the Future.
T1ger65 months ago
cool!
berrymartin5 months ago
Great Job, your project is really amazing. The work is looking so cool. After seen this i got an idea. I've always wanted to do this with my Car but i think its extremely dangerous.
imercury7 months ago
Great project - Having humans drive has never been a good thing - Looking forward to the bicycle version ?
tiger125067 months ago
Cool.

A couple suggestions:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H_bridge
This will allow you to operate your 12V DC motor BOTH WAYS with just transistors.

Being slightly more selective of your parts will simplify things a bit.
I'm not familiar with the Arduino family, but I suspect that you can get one to run on 12V, or if not, then easily with a voltage regulator.

If you cannot find valves that operate on 12VDC, then keep in mind that 12V + 12V = 24V, the idea being that with the above arduino change, you can get all three supplies from your car battery (fuse box in driver's compartment) just by having another 12V battery in series with your 12V rail to create the 24V rail.

But, of course, it would be much easier to pick and choose 12V valves. Then your (awesome!) contraption can be supplied just by probing into the fuse box.
wavegm (author)  tiger125067 months ago
Thanks a lot for the info - I agree completely that using the car battery and another one will do the job, The general idea was to hack the car as minimal as possible (since it's my family car) and the valves and equipment I had was borrowed, so I couldn't be too picky.
If this will ever turn to anything more serious - I will surely take your advise and implement.

Have a great weekend! :)
gmyers21127 months ago
if you lose radio control even for a few seconds or some piece of the control mechanism fails, you have a 4,000 lb killing machine. Do not take this on the road! There is no good reason to do this.

Cool tech. Bad Idea.
dzheng17 months ago
Great! We don't need to drive by ourselves any longer!
omni967 months ago
Israelis FTW! Can I see it live? Where are you from?
Vitamin-A7 months ago
It seems like cameras and a bit of a range boost are all this thing needs
cyberdove7 months ago
It's cool, but extremely dangerous. You are one one transient voltage away from a runaway death machine.
Nyxius cyberdove7 months ago
**Imagines runaway car roaming free on the open highway** "looks like it could be entertaining".
wavegm (author)  Nyxius7 months ago
Get me a car ...
cric9097 months ago
great handicap potencial
charels887 months ago
Great work but instead of using transistors to drive a DC motor, try some "N-channel enhancement mode MOSFETS." Enhancement mode means they can be triggered with a 5V signal unlike power MOSFETS that require 10V and you may need a motor brake. Feel free to check out my instructable on remote control with Arduino.

http://www.instructables.com/id/RC-Control-and-Arduino-A-Complete-Works/
wavegm (author)  charels887 months ago
thanks !
Never heard of those MOSFETS, can you give an example of a cheap and available one ?
vicdex charels887 months ago
But he can use relay to bust the current
charels88 vicdex7 months ago
I see that he used relays but wanted to state that mosfets are an alternative. For how it looks like the steering motor is setup, relays are the easiest to work with and can still be quite fast.
Nice project.
It's similar to this car being driven by iPhone I saw long ago:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_x5IziyOcAg&feature=share&list=PL5CEC5EC7B51B1B4E
wavegm (author)  Antzy Carmasaic7 months ago
There are few differences:
1. I used my daily car
2. I used pneumatic
3. They are probably funded ...
4. they are 4

you know - little differences...
I didn't mean to say 'simpsons did it' or that you didn't put in any effort. I'd think a hundred times before starting such a massive project. Just wanted to point out a similar attempt done in the past.
wavegm (author)  Antzy Carmasaic7 months ago
:-) Thanks - No i am looking for my next challenge...
barbhug7 months ago
I have always wanted to do this. Peel out in front of the police station among other fun things and videotape their faces when they see a driverless car.
vicdex7 months ago
You really tried, i've been thinking about that same project, driverless control
PS1187 months ago
You need a couple of 7-segment LED displays on the controller. That way you know when you reach 88 miles per hour.

J/K This is pretty inspiring stuff!
michaelf7177 months ago
What happens once it leaves the 20 ft range. (BOOM!)
infibit7 months ago
My contact mail id is :infibit@gmail.com I need information on the values and the pneumatic actuators you used. I am planning to buy them.Are they from Festo?
wavegm (author)  infibit7 months ago
yep, I used Festo's equipment - I am quite sure you can find cheaper and more available solutions, this is what I could borrow.
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