There are kits that can be remotely controlled and others that autonomously navigate their environment. There are so many different configurations of smart cars that can be made using Arduino that can be catered to a specific need or liking. A major benefit for some kits, if you aren’t an advanced user, is a provided instruction manual. Some kits don’t have any sort of manual and some kits instructions are too vague for certain users. Having a good set of instructions can be a lifesaver for a beginner and a good backup for the more advanced user in case they get stuck or would like some guidance.
This kit is perfect for beginners who want a smart car kit without being overwhelmed by the more advanced ones. This kit has 2 wheels; each having its own motor, a Bluetooth module, IR receiver, IR proximity sensor, and an ultrasonic sensor mounted on a servo. This smart cart can be controlled with the included remote, via Bluetooth, or have it autonomously navigate its surroundings.
This kit is for the Intermediate Arduino user who wants to move up from the basics. It boasts 4 wheel drive, a Bluetooth module, IR receiver, line tracking module, and an ultrasonic sensor mounted on a servo. This means you can control the robot yourself, have it track a line, or have it autonomously navigate using its swiveling ultrasonic sensor. This kit even comes with a CD tutorial to make the process much smoother.
There are many other kits available on the market and there is always room for expansion on an existing kit. You could add a camera and remotely view the car from your smartphone. If you want to take things to the next level it’s possible to view the camera from your smartphone as well as control the car with the said phone. This is really cool as you don’t have to be in the same room as the car whilst still being able to view its surroundings. This kind of car can make for a fun Spybot. You could also make an off-road car. This could be done by beefing up the wheels and possibly even adding in some suspension.
If you are a more advanced tinkerer you can make your own Arduino car from scratch. You can buy all the parts necessary and tailor your build to your specific purpose. For example, if you want to make an off-road car you can buy a frame with suspension, beefy tires, and all the electronics needed. You then have a vehicle that is more capable to go off road than a standard kit. If you want to take it up a notch you can add a camera and remotely view and control the vehicle without even having it in sight; its eyes become your eyes. Aren’t beefy tires good enough? You can buy a frame that uses tracks instead of wheels.
There are many different kits and configurations available for Arduino car kits. If none of them suite your wants or needs, or if you want to do it all yourself, you can buy all the parts necessary to build or upgrade your dream smart car. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced user, Arduino smart cars can be a lot of fun to build and to play with.