Electronics and Sensors to an Autonomous Vehicle

The purpose of this project was to build an autonomous vehicle that can deliver packages without the aid of a human. To conduct the experiments an amperage meter was connected in series with the drive motor. The power was turned on and the amperage was noted. Then, an increasing number of books was placed on the vehicle. Each time more mass was added, the resulting amperage was taken. We found that the limit under which the autonomous vehicle will work most efficiently was fourteen books. Carrying more mass than that causes it to lose speed. When twenty books are placed on the vehicle. The motor stalls and is unable to move the load. The results of the experiment showed that the current drawn by the drive motor is directly related to the mass of the payload.

Research Done By:

Brooke McCullen

Robert Thies