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How to keep pixace controlled robot from getting stuck?


I have built my first robot after advice of  LMR start here. So my robot is navigating with help of IR sensor and has those standard geared motors.

 I'm wondering if picaxe can read information from motors if the robot gets stuck. I guess motor makes some noise in such a situation?Can pushing against some obstacle with rubberwheels on harm picaxe?

I would be grateful for any piece of advice!