Chapter 25. Launching the Line-Follower

This chapter begins with last-minute checks followed by a qualifying run of your line-following robot. I provide you with simple tests for diagnosing and solving likely problems, and data to compare your robot to mine. The chapter concludes with line course ideas and potential robot enhancements.

Correcting and Tweaking

Don't expect your robot to run perfectly on the first try. There will be bad connections, loose screws, burrs, and things rubbing. Because of an early collision, Wavy stalled every few feet. After days of wasted effort concentrating on the electronics, it turned out that a cross axle hadn't been glued properly in a coupler and was slipping. These things should be expected.

Be prepared to spend ...

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