i have a project that im looking to build in the future that i want to use my arduino on. it is a single person tracked vehicle. similar to the “Ripsaw” on discovery channel. i want to used the arduino for the steering control. my plan is to use a rotary encoder on the steering wheel for the input. then the stepper motors will actuate a set of clutches and brakes. the stepper motor will be on a rack and pinion to actuate the master hydraulic cylinder similar to a car clutch and brake. there will be one clutch and brake on each side of the drive-train. My hope is to program it so when the steering wheel is turned the motors will actuate at determined spots.
as you turn the steering wheel to the left, it will progressively actuate the clutch. the further you turn left the clutch will stay depressed and the brake will begin to actuate. this will give the desired turn. same order as turning to the right. when the steering wheel is in the center it will not actuate anything.
is this a good system to try or would other hardware be better to use. ive thought of possible using servos or a potentiomiter.