Self-driving remote controlled car

In 2011 I took on a few commercial Flash-based projects that required a physical element, introducing me to the world of Firmata and connecting Arduino to Actionscript code.

That gave me the bug to try a personal project, and when I came across this bargain £10 remote control car in Maplin I decided to have a go at creating a car that could drive itself autonomously.

The finished project uses a webcam and some custom Actionscript to detect the car, work out its direction of movement, then work out what speed and direction it needs to travel in in order to reach the next user-defined waypoint.

The technology wasn’t bulletproof so I haven’t bothered to Open Source to code, but if anyone wants to try a similar project please get in touch and I’d be happy to share my experiences.