Adorable French mini-bike drives itself with the aid of a Raspberry Pi

The Mini Bike

© 2016 EPFL / Alain Herzog

Eric Unnervik, a master’s student at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, has developed a miniature motorbike that drives itself! Onto the bike he has strapped a Raspberry Pi (3, I think), a Navio2 add-on board and some sensors. These control the balance and direction of the bike and the destination is programmed via a smartphone interface. The bike can travel at 60 km/hr (37 mph) without falling over – which is quite astonishing when you consider the weight of the Pi and add-on board.

“Our goal is that, in a race between an autonomous motorcycle and one ridden by a human, our machine wins!” said Unnervik

You can see it in action in the (French language) video below.

 

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