One of the points in this project was to make a small scale vehicle that resembled the ones used in the DARPA challenge, which we could add functions to as we go along. Of course not nearly as advanced as the ones used to steer the real cars (we won't have laser scanning for example). But the ackerman steering base is then the most realistic way to simulate this don't you think?
But you do have a good point there. I've been thinking alot of how to compensate for the inaccuracy of the steering of the car, and we need a very accurate system of measuring where the robot has gone in two axis (including rotation). I will discuss the use of a pre-built robot base with the other guys in the group. Thanks.
So next question, what kind of possibilities is there for knowing where the robot is? (like an inside positioning system) We plan on not mapping the whole area the robot is going to be in, but let it scan along its way.
I have some ideas myself, going to share them when I've given them some more thought.