Date of Award

Fall 12-2018

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis



First Advisor

Stephen Todd Adams

Advisor Department



The undergraduate research performed in this study focused on autonomous collision avoidance in small scale vehicles. The goal of this study was to find equipment to build a fully autonomous small scale vehicle for use in different applications. Radio frequency communication, ultrasonic sensors, and single board computers were used to create an autonomous vehicle for multiple applications. Different communication protocols and sensors were investigated, and an explanation was specified concerning the hardware choice. The main communication protocol tested was Long Range Wide Area Network, and the main electronics tested and used were ultrasonic sensors, First Person View cameras, and the Arduino Mega 2560. Though the main communication protocol performed worse than anticipated, a different communication protocol was chosen and tested. The secondary communication protocol produced more promising results.

Included in

Robotics Commons