Creating a general purpose Pi HAT that is compatible with a large amount of sensors and minimizes the number of visible wires.

The Problem

Recent iterations of the ESE Capstone Course have focused on making improvements to the Traxxas Rustler XL-5 Electrical RC Car. One of the major issues with previous iterations of this project has been the sloppy soldering done to connect relevant sensors to the internal Raspberry Pi. Our goal for this semester was to design, implement, and test a Raspberry Pi HAT that would make all of the necessary sensor connections much cleaner. Developing this Pi HAT required establishing a solid base foundation of knowledge regarding the Traxxas car design and coding in ROS in conjunction with the electrical connections needed to operate the sensors, car motor, and steering components. This project will have a lasting impact in that it will provide a clean base for future students to build upon.