Robot Tank Car Starter Kit Lesson 3:Control the Tank Car Through IR Remote


Robot Tank Car Starter Kit Lesson 3:Control the Tank Car Through IR Remote

Robot Tank Car Starter Kit Lesson 3: Control the motor


In this tutorial, we will use KOOKYE Smart tank car to make a simple remote controlled smart car. Once the car installation is completed, we will use a Infrared Remote to control the car movements including go forward, go back, left turn and right turn.

How it work

There is a IR receiver and remote control. The arduino board would translate to kinds of behavior once it receive the IR signals from remote control.

Hardware Installation:

Step 1: Install ESP8266 Expansion Board on UNO R3 board.
Step 2: Move the wire connected to pinout(GND,VCC,S) in IR recevier to the counterpart pin in ESP8266 wifi Board as the following picture.

IR Receiver-ESP8266
Step 3: Turn the switch of esp8266 to “1” and “2” position, as the following photo shows.


Step 4: Put two 12865 batteries in battery box and turn the swith of box to “ON”.
(If you have finished the above steps on lesson one, please skip these step)

Software Installation:

Step 1: Install latest Arduino IDE (If you have Arduino IDE version after 1.1.16, please skip this step)
Download Arduino IDE from , then install the software.

Step 2: Install IRremote library into Arduino IDE (If you have already installed IRremote library, please skip this step)
Download IRremote library from, then import the library into Arduino IDE(Open Arduino IDE-> click Sketch->Include Library->Add .Zip Library)

Step 3:Download Lesson 3 sample code from , unzip the download zip file, you will see a folder called tank_robot_lesson2.

Step 4: Connect UNO R3 board to PC with USB cable, Open Arduino IDE -> click file -> click Open -> choose code “smartcar-lesson3.ino” in tank_robot_lesson3 folder, load the code into arduino.


Step 5:Choose corresponding board and port for your project,upload the sketch to the board.

Understanding the Code:

Step 1: Define the button that you will be using on IR remote control.
(If you use the lesson 1example code, the arduino IDE Serial Monitor will output its counterpart IR code.)

#define IR_ADVANCE       0x00FF18E7       //code from IR controller "▲" button
#define IR_BACK          0x00FF4AB5       //code from IR controller "▼" button
#define IR_RIGHT         0x00FF5AA5       //code from IR controller ">" button
#define IR_LEFT          0x00FF10EF       //code from IR controller "<" button
#define IR_SERVO         0x00FF38C7       //code from IR controller "OK" button
#define IR_OPENLED       0x00FFB04F       //code from IR controller "#" button
#define IR_CLOSELED      0x00FF6897       //code from IR controller "*" button
#define IR_BEEP          0x00FF9867       //code from IR controller "0" button

Step 2:The function on IR Remote Control

Button Function
go forward
go back
> turn right
< turn left
OK servo rotate
# turn on LED
* turn off LED
0 buzzer beep

Step 3: Define each button function in enumeration variable for readability.

enum DN
  GO_ADVANCE, //go ahead
  GO_LEFT, //left turn
  GO_RIGHT,//right turn
  GO_BACK,//go back
  MOVE_SERVO,//move servo
  OPEN_LED,//open led
  CLOSE_LED,//close led
  BEEP,//control buzzer

Step 4:Decode the IR signal. The decode result from IR signal will be stored in variable of  IRresults.value and will be compared with predefined button IR code. If they are the same, its counterpart function value will be assign to enumeration variable of Drive_Num.

void do_IR_Tick()

    else if(IRresults.value==IR_RIGHT)
    else if(IRresults.value==IR_LEFT)
    else if(IRresults.value==IR_BACK)
    else if(IRresults.value==IR_SERVO)
    else if(IRresults.value==IR_OPENLED)
    else if(IRresults.value==IR_CLOSELED)
    else if(IRresults.value==IR_BEEP)
    IRresults.value = 0;

Step 5: Execute the function Structure. In do_Drive_Tick() structure, judge the variable value of Drive_Num and execute the corresponding function structure.

void do_Drive_Tick()
    switch (Drive_Num) 
      case GO_ADVANCE:
            go_ahead(10);JogFlag = true;JogTimeCnt = 1;JogTime=millis();break;//if GO_ADVANCE code is detected, then go advance
      case GO_LEFT:
            turn_left(10);JogFlag = true;JogTimeCnt = 1;JogTime=millis();break;//if GO_LEFT code is detected, then turn left
      case GO_RIGHT:
            turn_right(10);JogFlag = true;JogTimeCnt = 1;JogTime=millis();break;//if GO_RIGHT code is detected, then turn right
      case GO_BACK:
            go_back(10);JogFlag = true;JogTimeCnt = 1;JogTime=millis();break;//if GO_BACK code is detected, then backward
      case MOVE_SERVO:
            move_servo();JogFlag = true;JogTimeCnt = 1;JogTime=millis();break;//move servo
      case OPEN_LED:
            open_led(1),open_led(2);JogTime = 0;break;//open led
      case CLOSE_LED:
            close_led(1),close_led(2);JogTime = 0;break;//close led
      case BEEP:
            control_beep();JogTime = 0;break;//control beep
   //keep current moving mode for  200 millis seconds
      if(JogFlag == true) 
        stopFlag = false;
        if(JogTimeCnt <= 0) 
          JogFlag = false; stopFlag = true;
      if(stopFlag == true) 

Step 6: The Control Structure of LED,Buzzer and Servo: turn on and turn off the LED,make the buzzer beep,make the servo motor rotate 180 degree and rotate back to 0 degree,then back to 90 degree.

void open_led(int led_num)
  if (led_num == 1)  digitalWrite(LED1,LOW);
  else digitalWrite(LED2,LOW);
void close_led(int led_num)
   if (led_num == 1)  digitalWrite(LED1,HIGH);
   else digitalWrite(LED2,HIGH);
/*******control buzzer*******/
void control_beep()
/***move servo***/
void move_servo()
  int i;
   for(i = 0;i<180;i++){ head.write(i); delay(5); } for(i = 180;i>=0;i--){

Step 7:Press IR controller keys to control the car movements as per predefine code.

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