Wow, what a difference a few years make. When we first started the SparkFun Autonomous Vehicle Competition (or AVC) back in 2009, it took place in our parking lot and a few dozen people showed up. It was an awesome day, but was definitely a low-key affair. Fast forward to today, and we are in the midst of planning what will undoubtedly be the biggest, best AVC yet. So big, in fact, we had to move it from SparkFun headquarters to a new location - the Boulder Reservoir on the outskirts of sunny Boulder, Colo.
Today we are excited to announce that registration is now open and there are a BUNCH of new rules, regulations, and classes. We think these new rules will make for the most competitive and exciting AVC to date. The scoring system is even different! We’ve created an AVC page for all things related to the competition, so head over there to check out what the deal is and to register as a competitor or spectator!
Here are the new classes:
We’ve learned a lot from previous years and have decided to make the course easier to navigate. For ground, we’ve repainted all the barriers, obstacles, and checkpoints to be different primary colors. And if you head over to the AVC site we’ve got the full dimensions and even paint colors we used. Additionally, we have a full dimensional drawing of the course in addition to GPS waypoints and tracks.
The scoring is also completely different this year and isn’t based on the single best time. The new scoring is based on a point system which you can check out here. Be sure to read the full rules before signing up - we don’t want you to encounter any surprises at the last minute.
Today, we also have a course preview video. We took a trip out to the reservoir to scope out the location and map out the courses - you can see some details of the course here:
Vimeo version can be found here
We’ve also drawn up some course maps to give you a better idea of what you’re up against. Also be sure to check out the GPS information available on the AVC site.
The event is going to take place from 8:30 a.m. (8 a.m. for competitors) to 5 p.m. (or whenever we finish!) on June 8th, 2013 at the Boulder Reservoir.
If you’ve read everything on the site and still have a question, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign up your team today - we hope to see you there!