Autonomous RC Truck Delivers Food by Flinging It Around
Amazon might have received approval to start drone delivery trials in the United States; however, will its corporate drones ever be as successful as this modified RC truck that can deliver sushi to your doorstep? We don't think so.
Traditional delivery services are in need of an update, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated the process. The YouTube channel Engineering After Hours has built an RC car to deliver food, and while we are not saying it will ever pull up on your driveway, it would be a cute delivery guy indeed.
The build is based on a Traxxas Slash and uses Pixhawk 4 hardware, per the YouTuber's description. In this video, he crash tests the mini autonomous delivery truck and how the PX4 and Ardupilot firmware hold up.
While admittedly the truck doesn't make a good job out of delivery food, it could be functional as an autonomous camera car or do agriculture work. If you're interested in how far you can go as a hobbyist who is interested in autonomous technology, this video will provide invaluable insights. Plus, an RC truck could be a great beginner-level-project for those who want to get started in robotics.
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