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codeConf Feb 22, 2015, 09:22 pm
I am working on a robot that moves in a straight line and rotates (basic left and right).
I am using PID to control the motion.

However I am stuck at using PID. When I want the robot to move in a straight line, should I use two separate PID for the two wheels to count my encoder values and keep track? But I feel that doesn't solve the initial problem of trying to make the two wheels move  together.
Left wheel rotation=Right Wheel rotation

Or
Error=Left-Right;
Left=Left-Error;
Right=Right+Error;

I am using the PID_v1 library as well, so what I am basically looking for is an optimal logic.

michinyon #1
Feb 23, 2015, 08:33 am
It is not clear to me, why you would want to use PID at all, in that context.

To control what ?   The speed ?  The direction.

codeConf #2
Feb 24, 2015, 07:52 amLast Edit: Feb 24, 2015, 07:53 am by codeConf
Oh, sorry
Basically my motive is to make the robot move in a straight line upto a particular distance.

Say i will command my robot to move 100cm forward. It should move in a straight line till 100cm and then stop.

codeConf #3
Feb 25, 2015, 11:24 am
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void updatePID(){
double fwd, rtn;
rotationLeft=encoderLeft;
rotationRight=encoderRight;
forward_input=rotationLeft+rotationRight;
rotation_input=rotationLeft-rotationRight;
dist.Compute();
fwd=forward_output;
rotn.Compute();
rtn=rotation_output;
md.setM2Speed(-(fwd+rtn));  //right wheel
md.setM1Speed(-(fwd-rtn));  //Left Wheel
}
void forward(double block){   //where 1 block=10cm
reset();
//Sum of the right and left encoders, thus into 2
forward_setCnt=(block*1194)*2;           //in 10 cm 1194 clock counts theoretically based on my wheel diameter and rotations
rotation_setCnt=0;
}

So what I am trying to do here is put two PID loops:
1. The first one ensures that the robot has moved the correct distance forward.
2. The other one is to ensure that leftwheelrotation=rightwheel rotation in order to make them move in a straight line. (i.e. not turn left or right)

md is my motor shield which drives my two wheels

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