Ever wondered how to take your fancy RC car setup and interface it with an Arduino? Check out this great blog by Duane Banks about all aspects of connecting RC car receivers, servos and more to an Arduino. From here you could do neat things like turn the RC car into autonomous mode when you go out of range and navigate back with a GPS module.
Its a very common question, ‘How do I read and RC Receiver with my micro controller‘ and the answer is often very simple however the simple answer is close to useless in a real world application.
The approach outlined in this series of posts has been tested in an RC Race car running at 40+ Kmh at a range of 100 meters.
The approach is reliable, resilient, easy to understand and easy to modify. It has been tested using using 27Mhz AM radio equipment and entry level electronics. Use of better quality electronics and radio equipment will provide improvements in range and signal quality however as the development process has demonstrated, even low end equipment can be interfaced with Arduino for control of an RC Race car.