It is often stated that cheesy drive allows you to control the curvature of the path rather than the speed at which the heading changes (as in arcade drive). If the joystick that controls curvature is held at some constant position and let’s say throttle is full, would the path of the drive train just be a circular arc? What advantage does that give over tank style drive or arcade drive?
Yes, it would drive in a circular arc. This has two advantages:
- (Less important) It may be more familiar to people who have driven a car
- (More important) At full throttle, if you decide to start turning, the robot will continue moving at a high speed. With normal arcade drive, the robot would end up turning almost in place. The Cheesy Drive behavior is more intuitive and controllable at high speeds.