Getting Started with Rover

To start with Rover, you will first need a rover with a ArduPilot compatible autopilot. You can either select from a list of ready-to-drive vehicles or assemble your own (See below).


Choosing a Ready-To-Drive Vehicle

Opting for a ready-to-drive vehicle means you’ll receive a pre-configured and finely tuned rover that is prepared for its maiden drive. To operate it, you will need to install a ground station and proceed to the First Drive instructions. Prior to operating, it is important to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines, especially related to safety.


Regardless of using a pre-assembled or a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) vehicle, remember that autonomous vehicles can pose hazards! It’s critical to adhere to recommended safety practices and pay attention to all safety warnings.

Building Your Own Rover

If you are interested in building your own rover, the following references will guide you through the process:

  1. Start by familiarizing yourself with Selecting a Frame and Choosing Hardware sections.

  2. Then, proceed to the Select an Autopilot Board section to select an autopilot.

  3. After choosing a frame, autopilot, and required hardware, Pick a Ground Control Station.

  4. Navigate to First Time Setup to begin the initial setup.

  5. Finally, consult First Drive and Tuning for driving and tuning advice.