I wanted to try my hand at designing a swerve drive as a summer CAD/research project, but wanted to do something a little different. Does anyone have any experience with large, high torque swerve drive trains or know of any practical applications of ones that I could look to? Something the scale of, say, a golf cart?
What might be the some of the challenges with scaling up an FRC-style, CIM-powered swerve drive to something much larger and with more powerful motors?
One of my life goals is to build a swerve car and beat my friends in an autocross with it. I know that if I can plot a series of points, I can get the car to drive a course autonomously, much faster than any driver.
Some people might say “Why?” but there’s no talking me down.
I believe the cart you are referring to is the MRV (Modular Robotic Vehicle), designed by engineers at NASA-JSC. There was a static display of MRV, and it was used to drop off Charles Bolden at the stage post-Einstein.