Autopilot Computers

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pypilot hat
This hat is compatible with all versions of raspberry pi and is specifically designed to run tinypilot sd card images. Also compatible with openplotter.
  • mpu9255 inertial sensors
  • jlx12864 lcd display
  • 8 pins for keypad and 7 additional pins
  • 433mhz rf receiver and remote control included
  • includes connection to pypilot motor controller
  • optional ($10 extra) bi-directional galvanic isolated rs422 nmea0183 port without using usb port. compatible with legacy equipment such as ais, gps, depth sounder
If you have a working raspberry pi, then this hat along with a motor controller can be used to build a working pypilot autopilot.

1x 8 button wireless RF remote included. For additional remotes IR RF

Build your own tinypilot autopilot computer using pi zero W, or run openplotter on raspberry pi 4. Raspberry pi and sd card not included.


tinypilot computer

This is a compute autopilot computer for pypilot.

  • raspberry pi zero W (wifi enabled)
  • mpu9255 (tested to eliminate bad parts)
  • IR sensor + remote for remote control. Can configure most IR remotes from browser.
  • 433mhz RF receiver. Supported wireless remote control included! Many 433mhz remote controls supported.
  • jlx12864 (daylight visible) display
  • microsd card pre-loaded with tinypilot image
  • enclosure 85x58x33mm (3.35"x2.28"x1.23")

tinypilot is my own custom linux distribution designed specifically for pypilot. This distribution is based off of tinycore linux, and runs completely out of ram after booting offering superior stability.

I measured current draw of 0.07 A at 12 volts with wifi enabled on pi zero W.

An access point "pypilot" is automatically created. It can be configured from a browser and opencpn pypilot plugin.

pypilot is compatible with opencpn (I am a major contributor to OpenCPN)

1x 8 button wireless RF remote included. For additional remotes IR RF


  • Compass mode - maintain compass bearing
  • GPS - maintain course over ground if connected over (usb, or network)
  • wind (both true and apparent) if wind sensors are provided (usb or network)

A fully functioning autopilot requires 3 parts:

  • autopilot computer (this product)
  • controller
  • rudder drive motor
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