If you're anything like us, you likely have more than a few remote controlled cars collecting dust in the basement. Instructables.com has taken the time to show us just what can be accomplished with a little time and motivation using those machines and some low-buck electronics. Namely, your own battery-powered autonomous machine.

Randy Sarafan has worked up a step-by step instruction manual for creating a basic robot capable of sensing and avoiding obstacles of its own accord. While basic, the platform allows for greater customization, including more complex logic and the addition of an array of sensors.

Sounds like a good time to us. You can click past the jump to check out a video of Sarafan's machine or head over to Instructables.com for the full briefing. If you get crazy with your own R/C collection, be sure to drop us a line and show us what you came up with.

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