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Suggestion arduino Motor Shield with Brakes

 

Hi,

I have built my first robot (ultrasonic sensor, 2 wheels, 2 dc motors) using  he following motor shield(bought from ebay)

New V3 Arduino Driver Motor Controller Shield L298N 2A 2 Motors Module

Unfortunately my robot always bumps into walls. It turned out that I am not able to apply BRAKE.

Parallax HB-25 Motor Controllers and Braking

In a robot my friend and I are building we are using 2 Parallax HB-25 Motor Controllers to control 2 motors.
The problem I am having is making the motor brake (as in freeze robot from moving).

Electric braking

I'm working on an RC car and was thinking about the braking. The idea is: I'm driving at full speed and need to turn. Obviously, because my car is going to break the land speed limits ( ;) ), it cannot take the turn at full speed so I'll need to slow down. Now, just releasing the throttle won't be enough, so I'll have to brake extra somehow. I was thinking about giving slight reverse throttle, so that with PWM, I can handle the braking intensity. Now I don't know what this would mean current-wise.