Recently I have decided to re-start my plan to build a remote controled rover which I can drive outdoor in our remotely located garden to look around, take pictures, videos etc. Last winter I was already able to control some servos with keyboard and have a stream over internet but to control a rover with key strokes is not that easy, so this year I have decided to use a framework like ardurover.
After a lot of reading I plan to use the following hw:
pixhawk 2.4.8 kit with M8N GPS
4wd rc car with low rpm dc brushed motor
4CH Hobbyking transmitter, receiver
some ESC coming from the rc car
RPI 3B+ as companion pc
the only thing I have to buy is the pixhawk kit, the others i have on the shelf and I try to reuse if possible.
I plan to install dronekit on the PI, connect it with the FC over mavlink and connect the RPI to the wifi lan in the garden then send signaling and video stream over internet somehow to the remotely located GCS where I have mission planner or some other sw running on a pc. As far as I can see, the rc transmitter will not be needed in the final setup, but might be useful when experimenting. So I don’t really want to buy a new and expensive one if it is not really necessary.
If I manage to do all this I will still need at the front end a kind of game controller/joystick/rc controller in hand to easily drive the rover.
Later I could also define routes to let the rover drive autonome.
I know it is quite complex for some one new in FC-s, but I will be happy to reach the target step by step. The only thing is what I would like to know if it is the right way of doing it.
Please leave comments if you think it is achieveble and whether the listed hw is suitable for this project.