Open Source Mobile Robot


CPS presents a guide to build an open-source modular mobile platform for research, navigation and logistics applications. Its design leveraged off-the-shelf (OTS) components, additive manufacturing technologies, aluminium profiles, and consumable hover-board high-torque brushless direct current (BLDC) motors. It is compatible with the robot operating system (ROS) with a maximum payload of 90kg.

It provides a simple yet robust framework for contextualising simultaneous localisation and mapping (SLAM) algorithms, which are the fundamental prerequisites for autonomous navigating robots. It features several control approaches such as remote control from RC devices, Android-based devices, hand gestures, ROS rqt etc.




  • RealSense Depth Camera D435i

  • Intel Realsense Tracking Camera T265

  • Turnigy 9X 2,4 GHz 8CH Receiver (V2)

Power Supply:

  • VARTA Slim Power Bank – 18000 mAh

  • 36V Lithium-ion battery 4400mAh


  • 2 x 6,5“  hoverboard brushless DC (BLDC) motors with 15 pole pairs

  • Nvidia Jetson Nano B01 64GB

  • Arduino Mega 2650 Rev3

  • ODRIVE 56V V3.6



More information can be found in the publication:


2 thoughts on “Open Source Mobile Robot

  1. I am an agritech student from India. Very interested in building this with off the shelf products.
    Can I talk please?

  2. Hi,

    thanks for your interest in the project. My students will contact you. Please read the online documentation where all blue prints are discussed.

    Kind Regards,

    Elmar Rueckert

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