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Autonomous GPS robot. Group 6 Adrian Glover Linda Ekhator Marvin Basa Advisor: Dr Cox. Project objective.

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Autonomous GPS robot

Group 6

Adrian Glover

Linda Ekhator

Marvin Basa

Advisor: Dr Cox

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Project objective

To design and build an autonomous robot capable to navigate an outside area of approximate size of the TTU R4 parking lot by guidance of a GPS sensor. The GPS data readings are to be used for navigation in a software driven algorithm. The Texas Instruments MSP430 microcontroller is to be used to communicate with the GPS and to control the robot’s steering and speed.

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Parts Used

  • TI MSP-FET430P1232

  • Garmin GPS 35

  • Sipex SP3223E

  • Switching regulator

  • L298 motor controller kit / H-bridge

  • Miscellaneous/ passive circuits

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TI’S MSP430F1232

  • The MSP430 family of ultra-low-power 16-bit RISC mixed-signal processors from Texas Instruments provides the ultimate solution for battery-powered measurement applications.

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GPS Receiver

  • Transmits data in ASCII format at 9600 baud

  • Designed for use in automobiles

  • data contains the GPS coordinates

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Our Transceiver

  • SP3223E

  • Power supplies: +3.0V to +5.5V

  • RS-232 drivers/receivers: 2/2

  • External components: 5 capacitors

  • 20 pins

  • Data rate: minimum 250 kbps

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The H-Bridge

  • Is a chip that consists of 4 bipolar junction transistors (BJT’s).

  • There are 2 pairs

  • Each pair consists of 2 BJT’s, 1 PNP, and 1 NPN BJT connected in series with each other while both pairs are connected in parallel.

  • the output of each pin is connected to the DC motor.

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Switching Regulator


  • 9.6V Input

  • 3.3V Output

  • Powers MSP430 and SP3223E

  • ~95% efficiency

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Navigation Algorithm

  • Equation of a line between two points

  • Distance a from point to a line

  • Gives a varying tunnel system without use of trig. functions

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Problems encountered

  • Delay on project due to limited number GPS and MSP430s

  • Lack of useful laptops from the calibration room

  • 0x1000 (~4kb) C & object code limitation on the IAR workbench

  • Weather conditions.

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Statistical Evaluation of GPS data

  • Evaluated Data sets for Groups 1, 2, and 6

  • Calculated mean, variance, standard deviation, covariance, correlation coefficient, skewness, and kurtosis

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  • Past projects, Texas Tech University, department of engineering.