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Simple RC car for beginners (Android control over Bluetooth)

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This is a simple project of Android Bluetooth Car with Bluetooth control. Arduino controller is used

To control the car used Android-device with a built-in accelerometer. Tilt forward - car goes forward, tilt to the left - car turns to the left, tilt back - car goes back. Speed of movement or rotation depends on how much you tilt the device. Sensitivity and value of the tilt set in the configuration Android-apps. Also are provided a normal way to control: the buttons on the screen. In addition to all I implemented the touch control. Total 3 ways to control the RC Car.

Capabilities of the device you can see on the video above
 
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Step 1: Android device

Picture of Android device
Parts needed

1. Android device

The most important part - Android device with accelerometer and Bluetooth: tablet, smartphone and other... As an Android device, I used a cheap Chinese tablet "Ainol Aurora" with an external USB-Bluetooth module (because its not have own), connected via USB Host.

Step 2: DIY Car Chassis

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2. DIY Car Chassis

We also need any chassis with 2 or 4 DC motors. You can use an old RC toy car. As a platform I used a small RC DIY platform, bought on eBay for $ 25. To control described in this project is most suitable track chassis.

Step 3: Controller (MCU)

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3. Controller (MCU)

You need Arduino-compatible controller

Controller must support 2 PWM and UART.

Step 4: Bluetooth module

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4. Bluetooth module

As a Bluetooth module uses cheap Chinese module HC-06 (6-8$ on eBay). Instructions guide on connecting bluetooth module to Arduino is here.
You can use HC-05, HC-07 and other serial Bluetooth modules

Step 5: Motor Driver

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5. Motor Driver

I used L298N Dual Bridge DC stepper Motor Driver module. It cost 4-5$ on eBay.

Step 7: Theory

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Theory

All calculations are performed in the Android-application, and immediately calculate the values 2‹2‹of the PWM for the left and right motor. Application has flexible settings, such as the range of the PWM, the sensitivity of tilt, the minimum threshold for the PWM and other. Example commands transmitted by Bluetooth:
L-255\rR-120\r
L - the command to the left engine, R - for the right
A dash means the motor rotation to move back
255 - PWM value (for Arduino is the maximum speed of rotation)
\r - end of command.
On this command RC car will move forward and slightly rotated to the right, as right engine rotates slowly left.

L255\rR-255\r
On this command the left engine will rotate back and forward right, forcing a car to rotate around its axis counterclockwise.

H1\r
Command is an additional channel to which you can connect for example lights, sound, etc.

Symbols command L, R and H can be defined in the settings of Android-applications.

In the MCU control program provides a timer that shuts off the engine if the last command was received more than n-seconds ago. The data are stored in the EEPROM memory of the controller and can be changed from Android device. The range of this setting is from 0.1 seconds to 99.9 seconds. This setting can be disabled. To work with EEPROM provides commands: Fr - reading values 2‹2‹and Fw - record values.

Electronics

Block diagram see on picture above

Step 8: Android Application

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As we can see, the Arduino connects to Bluetooth module and a motor driver with two or four connected motors.

Android Application

The application for Android was written in Eclipse IDE. All sources of the project and the project for Eclipse, you can download below. Android version on your device must be > 3.0.

The application contains several activity. Main activity is a home screen with buttons running different operating modes and settings

There are 3 control modes Bluetooth-car: from accelerometer, screen buttons and touch-control.

Android application settings

Screenshot of settings CxemCar Android application version 1.0

MAC address

To establish a connection with the RC Car's Bluetooth module, you must set MAC-address in the application settings. But first, you must configure the pair the devices on Android-device: open Settings -> Bluetooth and click "Search for devices". When the phone finds our Bluetooth-module, click them and enter password for pairing (usually "1234")

To know Bluetooth module MAC-address possible from any application, such as Bluetooth Terminal. To do this, click "Connect a device - Secure" and in the resulting window, click the button "Scan for devices". Software will be scans the Bluetooth devices and displays them MAC-address.

Step 9: Arduino RC car wiring

Wiring diagram for Arduino controller

In the circuit I used a jumper (in the scheme Jmp1), because with a connected Bluetooth module is impossible be load sketch to the Arduino.

I soldered a Bluetooth-module to the Arduino and led status light. For communication between Arduino and Bluetooth, read this article: Arduino and Bluetooth. Module HC-06 placed in heat-shrink tube 10mm. Bluetooth-state LED with current limiting resistor (calculator) were also placed in heat-shrink tube.

In the breadboard platform, I drilled a hole and secure motor driver L298N. Arduino board attached with double-sided tape

Between the car platform and breadboard I placed 3 Li-Po battery 3.7V 1100 mAh. Power to the controller and motors separately: Arduino powered by a 3.7 V battery, and the motors and driver L298N from two 3.7V batteries connected in series. There are two 2-position power switch - one position is the power from the batteries to consumers, in the other position to charging terminals.

Beetween BT pin RX (2) and Arduino pin TX may require level shifter. For this, you can use voltage divider: calculator 5V to 3.3V

Step 10: Software

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The program was written in Arduino IDE 1.01.

#include "EEPROM.h"

#define D1 2          // direction of motor rotation 1
#define M1 3          // PWM left motor
#define D2 4          // direction of motor rotation 2
#define M2 5          // PWM right motor
#define HORN 13       // additional channel 1
//#define autoOFF 2500  // milliseconds after which the robot stops when the connection

#define cmdL 'L'      // UART-command for left motor
#define cmdR 'R'      // UART-command for right motor
#define cmdH 'H'      // UART-command for additional channel (for example Horn)
#define cmdF 'F'      // UART-command for EEPROM operation
#define cmdr 'r'      // UART-command for EEPROM operation (read)
#define cmdw 'w'      // UART-command for EEPROM operation (write)

char incomingByte;    // incoming data

char L_Data[4];       // array data for left motor
byte L_index = 0;     // index of array L
char R_Data[4];       // array data for right motor
byte R_index = 0;     // index of array R
char H_Data[1];       // array data for additional channel
byte H_index = 0;     // index of array H
char F_Data[8];       // array data for  EEPROM
byte F_index = 0;     // index of array F
char command;         // command

unsigned long currentTime, lastTimeCommand, autoOFF;

void setup() {
  Serial.begin(9600);       // initialization UART
  pinMode(HORN, OUTPUT);    // additional channel
  pinMode(D1, OUTPUT);      // output for motor rotation
  pinMode(D2, OUTPUT);      // output for motor rotation
  /*EEPROM.write(0,255);
  EEPROM.write(1,255);
  EEPROM.write(2,255);
  EEPROM.write(3,255);*/
  timer_init();             // initialization software timer
}

void timer_init() {
  uint8_t sw_autoOFF = EEPROM.read(0);   // read EEPROM "is activated or not stopping the car when losing connection"
  if(sw_autoOFF == '1'){                 // if activated
    char var_Data[3];
    var_Data[0] = EEPROM.read(1);
    var_Data[1] = EEPROM.read(2);
    var_Data[2] = EEPROM.read(3);
    autoOFF = atoi(var_Data)*100;        // variable autoOFF ms
  }
  else if(sw_autoOFF == '0'){        
    autoOFF = 999999;
  }
  else if(sw_autoOFF == 255){
    autoOFF = 2500;                      // if the EEPROM is blank, dafault value is 2.5 sec
  }
  currentTime = millis();                // read the time elapsed since application start
}
 
void loop() {
  if (Serial.available() > 0) {          // if received UART data
    incomingByte = Serial.read();        // raed byte
    if(incomingByte == cmdL) {           // if received data for left motor L
      command = cmdL;                    // current command
      memset(L_Data,0,sizeof(L_Data));   // clear array
      L_index = 0;                       // resetting array index
    }
    else if(incomingByte == cmdR) {      // if received data for left motor R
      command = cmdR;
      memset(R_Data,0,sizeof(R_Data));
      R_index = 0;
    }
    else if(incomingByte == cmdH) {      // if received data for additional channel
      command = cmdH;
      memset(H_Data,0,sizeof(H_Data));
      H_index = 0;
    }   
    else if(incomingByte == cmdF) {      // if received data for EEPROM op
      command = cmdF;
      memset(F_Data,0,sizeof(F_Data));
      F_index = 0;
    }
    else if(incomingByte == '\r') command = 'e';   // end of line
    else if(incomingByte == '\t') command = 't';   // end of line for EEPROM op
    
    if(command == cmdL && incomingByte != cmdL){
      L_Data[L_index] = incomingByte;              // store each byte in the array
      L_index++;                                   // increment array index
    }
    else if(command == cmdR && incomingByte != cmdR){
      R_Data[R_index] = incomingByte;
      R_index++;
    }
    else if(command == cmdH && incomingByte != cmdH){
      H_Data[H_index] = incomingByte;
      H_index++;
    }   
    else if(command == cmdF && incomingByte != cmdF){
      F_Data[F_index] = incomingByte;
      F_index++;
    }   
    else if(command == 'e'){                       // if we take the line end
      Control4WD(atoi(L_Data),atoi(R_Data),atoi(H_Data));
      delay(10);
    }
    else if(command == 't'){                       // if we take the EEPROM line end
      Flash_Op(F_Data[0],F_Data[1],F_Data[2],F_Data[3],F_Data[4]);
    }
    lastTimeCommand = millis();                    // read the time elapsed since application start
  }
  if(millis() >= (lastTimeCommand + autoOFF)){     // compare the current timer with variable lastTimeCommand + autoOFF
    Control4WD(0,0,0);                             // stop the car
  }
}

void Control4WD(int mLeft, int mRight, uint8_t Horn){

  bool directionL, directionR;      // direction of motor rotation L298N
  byte valueL, valueR;              // PWM M1, M2 (0-255)
  
  if(mLeft > 0){
    valueL = mLeft;
    directionL = 0;
  }
  else if(mLeft < 0){
    valueL = 255 - abs(mLeft);
    directionL = 1;
  }
  else {
    directionL = 0;
    valueL = 0;
  }
 
  if(mRight > 0){
    valueR = mRight;
    directionR = 0;
  }
  else if(mRight < 0){
    valueR = 255 - abs(mRight);
    directionR = 1;
  }
  else {
    directionR = 0;
    valueR = 0;
  }
   
  analogWrite(M1, valueL);            // set speed for left motor
  analogWrite(M2, valueR);            // set speed for right motor
  digitalWrite(D1, directionL);       // set direction of left motor rotation
  digitalWrite(D2, directionR);       // set direction of right motor rotation
  
  digitalWrite(HORN, Horn);           // additional channel
}

void Flash_Op(char FCMD, uint8_t z1, uint8_t z2, uint8_t z3, uint8_t z4){

  if(FCMD == cmdr){           // if EEPROM data read command
    Serial.print("FData:");       // send EEPROM data
    Serial.write(EEPROM.read(0));     // read value from the memory with 0 address and print it to UART
    Serial.write(EEPROM.read(1));
    Serial.write(EEPROM.read(2));
    Serial.write(EEPROM.read(3));
    Serial.print("\r\n");         // mark the end of the transmission of data EEPROM
  }
  else if(FCMD == cmdw){          // if EEPROM data write command
    EEPROM.write(0,z1);               // z1 record to a memory with 0 address
    EEPROM.write(1,z2);
    EEPROM.write(2,z3);
    EEPROM.write(3,z4);
    timer_init();             // reinitialize the timer
    Serial.print("FWOK\r\n");         // send a message that the data is successfully written to EEPROM
  }
The code uses a library to work with EEPROM AVR-memory. Arduino board by USART from the Bluetooth module receives data ready for the left and right engine. All basic calculations are performed in the Android application.

The project structure in Eclipse you can see on the screenshot above.

You can download the source code for the Arduino, and the project for Eclipse
Download APK application for Android-device

The latest software version can be found on this page

Video of demonstration the virtual steering wheel mode (1.2 version and above):


P.S. Sorry for my bad english
P.S.S. Soon to be the same project for STM32
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mail2whs24 days ago

Really an amazing steps for mobile control. There is a search engine where anyone can find the RC toys and accessories with various types of model and variety.

http://www.whichhobbystory.com

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NOSNEBF1 month ago

This is my first project with arduino , so can anyone please modify the sketch for an RC car where one motor steers the front wheels and the the other motor moves the car forward and reverse?

Hi, I made a similar project, you can find it here:

http://www.roboremo.com/rc-car.html

apravin4 months ago

Can anyone help me by converting the same program in the instructables for arduino nano v3.0. The details of arduino nano v3.0 and motor driver is attached in below post...

Please some one help me.

apravin4 months ago

Can anyone help me by converting the same program in the instructables for arduino nano v3.0. The details of arduino nano v3.0 and motor driver is attached in below post...

Please some one help me.

apravin4 months ago

Can anyone help me by converting the same program in the instructables for arduino nano v3.0. The details of arduino nano v3.0 and motor driver is attached in below post...

Please some one help me.

apravin4 months ago

Can anyone help me by converting the same program in the instructables for arduino nano v3.0. The details of arduino nano v3.0 and motor driver is attached in below post...

Please some one help me.

apravin4 months ago

Can anyone help me by converting the same program in the instructables for arduino nano v3.0. The details of arduino nano v3.0 and motor driver is attached in below post...

Please some one help me.

apravin4 months ago

Can anyone help me by converting the same program in the instructables for arduino nano v3.0. The details of arduino nano v3.0 and motor driver is attached in below post...

Please some one help me.

apravin4 months ago

Hai,


I am working on ,"Simple Rc car controlled over bluetooth", project but the motors are not responding. so i decided to check motors first. But even i am troubling in that. Please help me

The program of arduino to control two Dc motors using L298N or L293D
is given below. I am using Arduino nano V3.0 board. with the below
code i just want to run the motors.
Just i want to check the motor driver is working or not.

The IN1, IN2, IN3 and IN4 are connected to D2, D3, D4 and D5 of my
arduino nano. Does the connections and program match each other? What
else i need to change in the connections or program.

more details of arduino nano V3.0 is in
http://arduino.cc/en/Main/arduinoBoardNano

The schematic of Arduino nano and image of my motor driver is attached with it.

Programe

int IN1=2;//connected to Arduino's port 2
int IN2=3;//connected to Arduino's port 3
int IN3=4;//connected to Arduino's port 4
int IN4=5;//connected to Arduino's port 5
void setup()
{
pinMode(IN1,OUTPUT);
pinMode(IN2,OUTPUT);
pinMode(IN3,OUTPUT);
pinMode(IN4,OUTPUT);
}
void loop()
{
digitalWrite(IN1,LOW);
digitalWrite(IN2,HIGH);//setting motorA's directon
digitalWrite(IN3,HIGH);
digitalWrite(IN4,LOW);//setting motorB's directon
}



--
pravin

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apravin4 months ago

Hai...
I have some problem in 'android arduino bot controlled over bluetooth'. I am using motor driver l298n, arduino nano v3.0 and HC-05 BT module. But the motors are not working with the given programe here. Problem in iterfacing motor driver with arduino
My motor driver pictures are attached here
Thank you
Pravin
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Andri08035 months ago

I have problem with my project... The project get error "The blank final field Mhandler may not have been initialized", what should i do? thx..

tristanbratz5 months ago

Really cool.

nezzmuk8 months ago

I have everything put together. But when I tried to use it all I get is a socket error. I used Bluetooth Terminal to connect and get the MAC for the android app. Any idea what else I should try?

Swagland nezzmuk5 months ago

instead of using a android app what you should do is make an app on an apple/android device. Right now I'm making a car with a whole bunch of sensors and it also has a bluetooth chip onboard so i can connect my iPod to the car and control it. My car will be done in about 1-2 months and i can than show you what i have done. :)

abencomo7 months ago

Nice work! We built a similar project. However, we installed the
Android device onto a RC car and used an IOIO board to control it
autonomously. Here is the preliminary result:

SHARQ7 months ago

Hi everyone..

I did this as my project as my FYP. I did my own L298N motor driver referring to this link, http://www.instructables.com/id/Dual-H-Bridge-L298-Breakout-Board-Homemade/ . I had set up all as per instructed above. But, I'm finding some issues on my project which is only 1 motor operates and only forward is functional while other buttons are malfunctioned.. Can anyone help me to complete my project by giving advises or suggestions? I'm in a desperate situation here because my submission due next week. Please help me. Thank you.

SHARQ9 months ago

Hi tolik777.. is it possible for me to use bluetooth dongle instead of bluetooth module?? Thank you..

jomet SHARQ8 months ago

I don't think so that you can blueetoth dongle

SHARQ jomet7 months ago

Thanks jomet for your reply

hsumaria10 months ago
can arduino uno be used instead of this ??
tolik777 (author)  hsumaria10 months ago
Yes, surely. You can use any arduino
rovilo tolik7778 months ago

But Does Uno use the same coding as the Nano?

fs48 months ago

Hi Guys... loved the tutorial:) I am very new to this. I'm finding difficult to buy the parts. Can somebody please guide me with links to buy these in India.

So far below are the links i found. But I'm not sure whether these are the right components. Please guide me

http://www.ebay.in/itm/PWM-Motor-Speed-Controller-for-PIC-Atmel-Atmega-Arduino-Raspberry-Pi-/291061633181?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_203&hash=item43c4a0109d&_uhb=1#ht_1562wt_1139

http://probots.co.in/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=22&products_id=427

http://probots.co.in/index.php?main_page=advanced_search_result&search_in_description=1&keyword=motor+driver

jomet fs48 months ago
jomet jomet8 months ago
ddidiano9 months ago

I'm wondering if you can use an arduino UNO rather than the leonardo model.

pranjaltables9 months ago

can i use another version of arduino like arduino duemilanove atmega328?

pranjaltables9 months ago

can i use another version of motor driver?

tolik777 (author)  pranjaltables9 months ago
Yes
sketch_dec25a:173: error: expected `}' at end of input

please help!

Serial.print("FWOK\r\n"); // send a message that the data is successfully written to EEPROM

}

}

IT SHOULD BE ENDING WITH ANOTHER " } " SAME LIKE ABOVE

meanbean1 year ago
Can you recommend a quad bridge dc motor driver? I'm thinking about starting a project that would involve 4 motors, i'm just a little hesitant about where to start. Thanks!
tolik777 (author)  meanbean1 year ago
Do you want control 4 motors independently? Each separately?
Two or four control motor channel?
If you need 2 motors, you can connect them in parallel. For this you can use L298
srauniyar tolik77710 months ago
Yes, I too want to use 4 motors for my toy car wheel... can you helpme out how to to with L298N motor drive and arduino...

I am beginner here... Your help would highly appreciated...
srauniyar10 months ago
Hello Everyone... can anyone please tell me how to connect 4 motor for toy car wheel with L298N motor drive and arduino mega... when I am using only two wheel then its running ok for few second but after few second its not working.... Your help would highly appreciated...
adi-sreyaj1 year ago
here's mine version of this.........................works perfectly and i got a range of over 100 mtr
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vkadnor adi-sreyaj10 months ago
hey adi ....i hv some queries abt the same
will u plz suggest abt the parts n their configurations,
will u plz post them with details,n also the program.
vkadnor vkadnor10 months ago
grt job dude
tolik777 (author)  adi-sreyaj1 year ago
Perfect work!
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