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Robotic Carbon Sequestration Tractor Help

I have no robotic controls experience. My field is renewable fuels. I am in the pre production development stage of a small cellulose fueled field tractor that has the capability of sequestering carbon while operating on renewable (cellulostic) fuel. It requires a relatively simple control system capable of following a raised row of soil and turning 90 degrees when it reaches the end of the row, finding the second row over, turning 90 degrees, following that row, turning 90 degrees when it reaches the end of that row, finding the third row over, turning 90 degrees, and repeating that sequence. The field will have a single wire safety barrier surrounding it. If any fault occurs it will only need to shut down and beep.

I am a retired engineer that has not had a lick of programming experience since paper tape with little holes was the recording medium. So I need a few individuals with enough experience to create the simplest controls possible for this unit to lend a hand in this aspect of the project.

If anyone is interested please post and contact me at danalinscott@yahoo.com


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What sensors/cameras are you using to do the following? " It requires a relatively simple control system capable of following a raised row of soil and turning 90 degrees when it reaches the end of the row, finding the second row over, turning 90 degrees, following that row, turning 90 degrees when it reaches the end of that row, finding the third row over, turning 90 degrees, and repeating that sequence."

Do the wheels of this robot have encoders?

How large is this robot and how is it harvesting the materials?

I assume this will be operating in soil. What measures are in place to make sure the sensors do not become dirt filled?

What you are describing is pretty simple from a basic description. I think it is all of the other variable that would need to be answered from a design standpoint first before I would be willing to jump in.