I have heard many times that "the system won't converge using the P term alone".
"Maybe that's why the bot did the drunk walk". If I can simulate mobility models in MATLAB, I can probably simulate a differential drive robot too.
After working out the maths for the forward kinematics of differential drives, here's some results:
The Primitive Solution
The algorithm: curve to the left if it's too far to the right, and vice versa. It's not even a P-controller because the amount of correction is not proportional to how far it is away from the center. It works, but it wobbles:
... and clearly does not converge - it is unstable. If this trend continues, the bot will hit the wall eventually.
A controller with a proper P term (and P term only):
The "proper" way: add a differential term.
Wish I had the time to study control theory in greater depth. Imagine all the cool things you can do with it: mach 7 missile, commercial airliner, (orange) industrial robotic arm... and of course the thermostats, though not as cool.
Stanley Lio >