Test Driving the BeagleBone Blue RTV

beaglebone blue road test vehicle

The BeagleBone Blue Road Test Vehicle. This test vehicle is powered by the BeagleBone Blue and was constructed from lightweight and cost effective recycled materials.

beaglebone blue

The BeagleBone Blue is ready to go. https://beagleboard.org/blue


Available at http://www.newark.com/beagleboard/bbone-blue/beaglebone-blue-robotics-platform/dp/95Y0640?st=beaglebone%20blue


What is BeagleBone Blue?

beaglebone blue


BeagleBone Blue is a complete, Linux-enabled robotics computer. Community-supported and fully open-source, the real-time performance, flexible networking and rich set of robotics-oriented peripherals make building mobile robots quick and affordable.


Processor: Octavo Systems OSD3358 1GHz ARM® Cortex-A8

  • 512MB DDR3 RAM integrated
  • Integrated power management
  • 2×32-bit 200-MHz programmable real-time units (PRUs)
  • ARM Cortex-M3
  • On-board 4GB 8-bit eMMC flash storage programmed with Debian Linux


Connectivity and sensors

  • Battery: 2-cell LiPo support with balancing, 9-18V charger input
  • Wireless: 802.11bgn, Bluetooth 4.1 and BLE
  • Motor control: 8 6V servo out, 4 DC motor out, 4 quadrature encoder in
  • Sensors: 9 axis IMU, barometer
  • Connectivity: HighSpeed USB 2.0 client and host
  • User interface: 11 user programmable LEDs, 2 user programmable buttons
  • Easy connect interfaces for adding additional sensors such as: GPS, DSM2 radio, UARTs, SPI, I2C, 1.8V analog, 3.3V GPIOs




The chassis is composed of layers of scrap PETE, ABS, Lexan and project foam board bound by strips of black Duck Tape. The front steering assembly and rear drivetrain were salvaged from a RC Truck. These materials were recycled from the scraps of previous projects.


Additional parts



beaglebone blue road test vehicle

2S1P LiPo Battery with 3-wire JST-XH (2.5mm pitch) charge connection



beaglebone blue road test vehicle

Tower Pro SG92R Micro Servo

SG92R | Tower Pro



beaglebone blue road test vehicle

2-wire JST-ZH (1.5mm pitch) Wire Jumper Connection

30 SETS JST ZH 1.5MM 2 Pin Female Single Connector with Flat Wires 150MM 28AWG



OS Image and Software API


This BB Blue is running the  latest Debian Stretch IoT Image and the Robotics Hardware API (libroboticscape).


Debian Stretch IoT Image



Robotics Hardware API (libroboticscape)




Previous blog posts related to this post


BeagleBone Blue Pan Tilt Servo Test


Beaglebone Blue Road Test Vehicle


BB Blue Pan Tilt Servo Lipo Battery Test


BeagleBone Blue - Drive Motor and Steering Servo Tests






These tests were run at 100% of the BeagleBone Blue's available motor driver power.

There are some minor issues with steering and loss of traction.


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