Welcome to the CircuitMess Wheelson build guide!

By following this build guide, you'll learn how to assemble your very own AI self-driving car. Autonomous cars are the future and we’ll show you how they work.

With Wheelson you'll learn about microcomputers, autonomous driving, computer vision, and much more. 

Check out the anatomy guide before you start to learn more about the components you're about to assemble.

Wheelson's anatomy guide is a great addition to this guide that will explain all the components on Wheelson's main board in more depth.


Age group

Like it says on the box, Wheelson is designed for anyone who's at least 11 years old. 

Some of the assembly steps should be approached carefully, so make sure to have an adult jump in if you need some help with soldering or tightening the bolts later in the process. It's okay to ask for help.

Don't worry though! We'll go through the assembly step by step and provide some useful tips along the way. We'll give you a heads-up if there's something important to keep in mind while assembling.

Assembly time

It should take you approximately 4 hours to fully assemble your Wheelson.

Of course, the assembly time depends on your previous knowledge and experience. If you don't have any experience yet, don't worry! It just might take you a little longer to get into the groove and overcome the challenges in the beginning.


You don't need any specific skills before getting your hands dirty with this DIY project.

The main objective here is to have fun and learn something new.

So, buckle up, read through the instructions attentively, and prepare for an enjoyable ride! This opportunity marks your first step into the captivating world of engineering.

Learning with Wheelson

As previously mentioned, Wheelson will teach you a few useful things along the way.

Here's what you will learn:
  • How to assemble a small 4-wheeled robot (that's Wheelson!)
  • How to control an electromotor using a microcomputer
  • How computer vision works
  • How to calibrate your robot’s camera
  • How autonomous cars work and how they navigate a road autonomously
  • How to recognize and scan a QR code using your robot’s camera
  • How to recognize different simple objects using a camera and image processing algorithms
  • That Tesla’s engineers are not some crazy magicians