Driving a Car with an iPhone and cRIO (Part 1 – Overview) Waterloo Labs Episode 03

Driving a Car with an iPhone and cRIO (Part  1 – Overview)  Waterloo Labs Episode 03


In part 1 of this episode we give a overview of how we turned an Oldsmobile Delta ’88 into a remote control car in just 4 weeks. We built our control systems using a few motors, potentiometers, a Compact RIO embedded controller, and LabVIEW. We then set up wi-fi communication so we can drive the car from an iPhone as well as from a modified Power Wheels truck. For detailed plans, parts lists and code available for download, check out our website

If you want to build something like this yourself you can all the same parts at K

100 Comments on "Driving a Car with an iPhone and cRIO (Part 1 – Overview) Waterloo Labs Episode 03"


  1. well im planning to make a remote control dmc-12 thats right a remote control delorean but first i need the car =D

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  2. another useless thing that we don't need. Sure, its cool & all but people talk/text while driving & now drive the car using your cellphone. For, any1 who drives, answer me this, does it really take the human much effort to use your arms & legs to operate the car?.

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  3. This is awesome – you guys should put some doors on it, hide somewhere, and drive it around wirelessly. See how people react.

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  4. i would love to see this taken across country or something like that but obviously in a safer way than sitting on the roof like maybe a person behind the machine making sure you don't die

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  5. dude, poor Grant from mythbusters must be kicking him self for not using an iPhone every time he makes a remote controlled car…

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  6. When the hot girl talks I hear NOTHING….that's prolly just because I'm a guy though….

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  7. how fars the range…like can u sit in ur lounge room and drive the car to mexico using only ur iphone…
    while ur watching tv 😀

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  8. @MagicMan874 the range for our system was a standard wifi router range, so a few hundred feet. If you set it up with 3G wireless or other long range internet connection, you could control it from anywhere…

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  9. I'm gonna do that someday, and then, I'm gonna drive the car while i'm in a heli, and the people at the road will think WTF?

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  10. Now thats how you Ghost Ride in Texas! 🙂
    Awesome job on the project guys! I love it!!!

    Maverick

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  11. What was with the no doors.. was that to improve communications, did you just get tired of opening and closing them a thousands times an afternoon, or was it to facilitate some fancy Dukes of Hazards style maneuvers? hehe cool vid!

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  12. @ausernamenonewants We love FIRST! This system is a lot less complicated then most FRC robots I have seen.

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  13. @WaterlooLabs Haha, yeah. We just started building the new control board for our FRC bot today, and it can get pretty messy with all of the stuff that is required for the 5+ motors, encoders, servos, misc sensors, and wifi.

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  14. Fake using the iphone to control the a real car. The Iphone dont have external I/O interface only for audio and programing the phone. Now if you were to call another phone using your iphone then use the keypad tone and a decoder on the remote phone for left and right input you could convince me lol.

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  15. @basimpsn We wrote a custom app and used WiFi to communicate with our controller in the car. No wires needed. Be sure to check out the video response where our developer talks about the iphone app he wrote.

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  16. Not really new – I think the guys from Free University of Berlin put it on youtube last year ago but I do like the DIY approach though 😉

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  17. Gives a new meaning to ghost riding, huh?

    Also, any idea if this is currently legal in the U.S.? LOL

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  18. @kad878 ummm, thats kind of what the video does. You can find the LabVIEW code we used here bit (dot) ly/iPhoneCarCode

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  19. Since it's controlled with a cRIO, could you also program it in Java/C++? (with wpilib support)

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  20. The side view of the car looks like the cheeks of the human skeleton.
    I liked the dancing syle the most.

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  21. The side view of the car looks like the cheeks of the human skeleton.
    I admire the way they were dancing!

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  22. oh boy this would be fun! Good thing we have all the parts, since we use them on our robot!

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  23. first, alot of the code is pre made on labview if you get the FRC (First Robotics Competition) version, also almost everything in the car is what a common frc robot contains so theres no special code most of its pre made, as for the iphone theres an app called driverstation look it up and that can be used to run any labview code downloaded to the cRIO easily wireless all you need is the ip of the crio usually:10.xx.yy.5 which would be your team name and change your wifi ip to 10.xx.yy.6

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  24. CRIO+Modules: $4000
    Motors and gear boxes: $300
    Junk car: $900
    Convincing you neighbors your a mad scientist: Priceless

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  25. @KC9RXB Actually, the controller, modules, power distribution board, battery, motor controllers is available for 1,800 retail. The NI RoCK is the retail version of the FIRST Robotics Competition Kit of Parts which thousands of students around the world have (less expensive for teams). bit(dot)ly/NI-RoCK

    The car was only $300 on Craig's list and we pulled the motors out of the doors from the car. The only other parts we had was metal bars, a sproket and a motorcycle chain.

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  26. @WaterlooLabs Interesting, Im on a first robotics team and i know we can get our CRIO's for about $500 with the modules but i thought that was only for first teams. Thanks for showing me this.

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  27. why in the fuck do you keep responding? and by the way, the reason why I brung up the date is becaues that was before, I dont like her looks any more.. she's still pretty, just not hot. and I could name more than 200 "Females" than you. and you say go masturbate to 20 year old porn. your trying to make fun of me because you asume I watch 20 yeard old females having sex? i'm not sure what to make of your sexual orentation… are you a homosexual? or are you just a female? spesify…

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  28. why the fuck do you keep responding? and by the way, I pointed out the date because that was then and not now.. and I can name more than 200 females that are "hotter" than you. Also, you comment about how I should masturbate to 20 year old porn. Are you asuming I masturbate to 20 year old females having sex? If so, then there is nothing wrong with that. It just pointes out how your not a homosexual. So, are you a homosexual? or do you think that its just plain gross? Because its not, its normal.

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