Arduino Parking Assistant




Those of us who have small garages know the frustration of parking a little bit too far in or a little too far out and not being able to walk around the vehicle. We recently bought a larger vehicle, and it has to be parked perfectly in the garage to walk around the front and back.

Arduino Parking Assistant




To appease my frustration I decided to design a device that would allow me to park in the exact spot every time. I love working with arduinos, leds, sensors, and nearly anything else electronic, so I knew from the start that it would probably end up as a contraption with an Arduino inside and a bunch of LEDs on the front!

I tried my best to document every step of this project well, but please note that it has some complicated, tight soldering; it probably shouldn’t be your first project.

Step 1: You Will Need…

All of these materials are cheap and easily available. I’m not affiliated with any of these suppliers, they’re simply where I bought the supplies.

Materials:

  • 1x 2×4 – at least 8″ long
  • 8x Philips Screws – Preferably 1″ Long
  • 1x Power Supply – 5 volt, 850mA Here
  • 1x Arduino Pro Mini – 5 volt, 16MHz Here
  • 1x HC-SR04 Ultrasonic Distance Sensor Here
  • 12x Through-Hole Resistors – 220 ohm, 1/4 watt Here
  • 8x Green LEDs – 5mm Here
  • 4x Red LEDs – 5mm Here
  • 1x Tactile Pushbutton – 6mm Here
  • 3x Four Conductor Wire Sold by the Foot – 22 gauge Here
  • 1x Stranded Wire – 28 gauge Here
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Tools:

  • Wire Stripper
  • Bandsaw
  • Soldering Iron
  • Solder – I use 60/40 Rosin Core
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Speed Square
  • Stick Glue
  • Philips Screwdriver
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • 7/64″ Drill Bit – this depends on the size of your screws
  • 3/16″ Drill Bit
  • 1/4″ Drill Bit
  • 1″ Forstner Bit
  • Computer with the Arduino IDE Download Here.
  • FTDI Programmer Here

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