I'am still in the hardware building phase. I basically have the Microprocessor designed and built, I am in the process of building the Bus that will serve as an interface between the microprocessor and the sensors, pwms, receiver, and the gps unit. I am almost finished with the bus design as well, it should only take me a couple more days. I just finished designing the I2C Master controller (for the range sensors and the temperature sensor), the RS232 unit (to talk with GPS receiver) is done as well, and so are the PWMs and PWMEs ( Pulse Width Modulation Encoders ) I'll be using to control the throttle and steering and also to receive and encode signals from the receiver/transmitter for control when in manual mode. Right now I'm just putting it all together and that wil take a couple of days.
Once I have all the hardware stuff done, then I just need to write programs for the different functions I want to implement in the truck, thats when I'll start the custom build post. I'll probably need some tips from the experts on certain things when I start to write programs to implement the functions I mentioned before.
I think I want to start off with a "Break in Function" which automates the break in process. This shouldn't be too hard to do but I want to make sure I'm doing everthing right and I put in the proper safety features to ensure nothing happens to the engine. I should be starting this by Monday.