STEP 8: START THE ENGINES - FIRST DRIVE TEST
For the very first drive test we will use the serial monitor to send commands to the rover. Since we have not yet a wireless connection, we will use the USB port. Make sure that you have a laptop and a long USB cable available to give the rover some degree of freedom to move around. On the Arduino side we will implement a very basic drive command system which will enable us to drive the rover forward, backward and to let it turn to both sides.
Which parts do I need?
For this step no new parts are required. Use the software for STEP 8 from Github
Which software do I need?
SOFTWARE FOR STEP 8
What needs to be done?
Upload the SOFTWARE FOR STEP 8 to the Arduino board. Use the serial monitor to send commands to the rover. The commands are as follows:
Go forward : 1 Go backward : 2 Turn right : 3 Turn left : 4 Curve right : 5 Curve left : 6 Stop : 8
Seems the rover smiles since it thinks it might be already at the surface of Mars ...
How much do I have to pay?
Spend the saved money for a good glas of wine or whisky and relax! My recommendation for today: Lagavulin Distillers Edition. Slight peat smoke with a nice fragrance, not too intrusive. Well balanced with notes of Islay peat, sea salt and sherry notes.