Designed and built a prototype explorer AGV with on-board sensors which manoeuvres in obstructed environment while navigating towards the place of maximum light to deploy its solar panel. The AGV is a four-wheel four-servo articulated vehicle which employs the rear wheel steering mechanism for motion in any direction. To perform this task, the AGV is designed with four (4) networked intelligent sus-systems controlled by a dedicated microcontroller which communicate with the central controller (CC). The vehicle determines its route by a position algorithm function without travelling guides or human interface.
In realistic situations, planets, space and hazardous areas are dynamic, uncertain and unpredictable and therefore limit human's capacity to carry out safe research and exploration activities. This work focuses on providing a novel solution to safe research and exploration in these environs through autonomous vehicle technology using using Controller Area Network (CAN) protocol, a more robust and reliable in-vehicle communication protocol.