Car brands are going to take decades to offer autonomous cars, but these Chinese students have built an autonomous bike in weeks, using conventional parts …
Google, Apple, Tesla, Volkswagen, Ford, and the rest of the car manufacturers have been developing autonomous vehicles for years, and there is still a long time before we see them circulating on the streets, and we can buy them.
But these Chinese students from Tsinghua University’s Robotics Laboratory have only needed a few weeks to transform a standard bike into a self-contained bike that follows you wherever you go, or that you can follow a route marked on the GPS. And they have only used conventional parts that can be bought at any electronics store.
In the video you can see perfectly how they managed to make the bike drive alone, or follow a person. It has its merit because keeping a bike stable at low speeds is not easy.
As we see, in the rear they have mounted battery, gyroscope, and GPS antenna. The gyroscope is used to prevent the bike from falling, moving the handlebar according to the inclination. The GPS antenna, to follow a route.
Under the bar there a motor that is the one that turns the handlebar, to control the direction of the bicycle. The LiDAR at the front is a laser used to measure distance and avoid obstacles.
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We added software that tells the motor when to turn the handlebar, based on gyroscope and GPS, and a camera that recognizes people so we can follow someone, and we have a true autonomous electric bike.
The bike remains completely stable even at low speeds, takes turns and turns 180 degrees, and is able to ride on dirt and potholes without falling.
Also follow a person who has fixed with the camera.
The only handicap, as you have surely discovered, is that can not carry people, because when using non-adapted conventional parts, they bulge too much and are not protected.
But as a university experiment and project, it certainly has merit.