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The SparkFun Autonomous Vehicle Competition (or AVC) has quickly become one of SFE's favorite traditions. It started as a small, family-friendly robotics competition that served to break up the long gap between Free Day and Maker Faire San Mateo. We held the event in April (usually right around tax day) and the first year, we had probably somewhere around 75-100 spectators. In our minds, it was a resounding success.


In case you're wondering, that's me front and center. Not wondering? Fine then.

From there, the event really took off. Despite some rainy spring weather, we've had hundreds of spectators, added live music, food carts, and a bunch more entries. The rules have evolved over time and, each year, the race becomes more and more competitive. We're really happy with the shape the AVC has taken.


This sums the AVC up pretty nicely.

This year, we are anticipating the best AVC yet. We have a lot of great entries, have moved the event to the more weather-friendly month of June (June 16th, 2012, to be exact), and are expecting a great crowd. While competitor entries have been sold out for some time, we ask - nay, beg! - that if you want to attend as a spectator, please register at our EventBrite page. It's free and will help us plan logistic things like how many cupcakes we need. You want a cupcake, right? Then register!

Hope to see you out there! If you have any questions, please leave them below in the comments and I'll do my best to help you out. Cheers!


Comments 14 comments

  • Jamster / about 11 years ago / 5

    That car is not autonomous. It has a driver.

    • But he looks drunk.

    • Ducky Virus / about 11 years ago / 1

      ever see/hear Elmo. he definatelly has an empty head... i think it counts still.

      • Does this mean that we could have persons under the influence "drive" our robots and it would still be considered "autonomous"? xD

    • jakkjakk / about 11 years ago / 1

      Oh come on. Who in their right mind would put Elmo in the drivers seat? If that's true the owner of the car would be a nut case!

  • war_spigot / about 11 years ago * / 3

    I so wish this was a caption contest. I have the perfect one:

    Nothin' controllin', dey hatin'

    Edit: Pic

  • It's a replica of Nate's mazda!

  • agemoz / about 11 years ago / 3

    If that airbag goes, there's going to be an El driving and a Mo in the hands of the guy with the orange jacket.

  • Young Maker / about 11 years ago / 2

    will there be a livestream again? I spent the whole day watching AVC. it was great!

  • Dougie / about 11 years ago / 1

    Staying the extra day after Summer of Sparkfun! What a way to see the toys come to life...

  • SoggyWaffles / about 11 years ago / 1

    I'm planning on getting a crew to come down from your neighbors to the north, UWYO. Missed entry this year, but maybe next year we bring down our autonomous 2 ton tracked vehicle. :P

  • I wish I could be there D_!

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