View Full Version : Get Car Rotation on Terrain ?!

12-20-2001, 12:19 AM
hi, i have got an terrain and want to get a car driving on it. I have calculated 4 Points which represents the 4 wheels in x,z coordinate. The y-value is the height of the terrain in the point(x,z).

so now i have got:

frontleft x,y,z
frontright x,y,z
backleft x,y,z
backright x,y,z

now i need the rotation axis of car, represents by the heightvalues of my 4 points. But how can i get my x and z rotation? (the y-rotation is the direction angle of the car)

could somebody write down the maths i need for that?

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12-20-2001, 03:44 PM
I too am looking for realistic automotive physics. By realistic I mean taking in account hp, torque, gear ratios, suspension and what not. YES I know this is NOT on topic but I didn't start the thread. Just a link would be nice. Thanks a lot.

12-21-2001, 01:48 AM
torcs.sourceforge.net a good good start.

and also give a look on gamasutra and gamedev.net for some interesting articles on drivign game physics.

hope this helps...

12-21-2001, 11:45 AM
Decide which 3 of the four wheels are on the ground, then compute the normal to the plane formed by these three points.

12-21-2001, 01:26 PM
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12-24-2001, 12:21 AM
yes mates, i've got it... who is interested:

first calculate the high of your 4 wheels!



so you get the x and z rotation.... thats all http://www.opengl.org/discussion_boards/ubb/wink.gif