The Autonomous Vehicle Competition was such a fun time, we're going to give it another go! Checkout the video recap and the homepage post of last year's AVC. This year the competition will be held on a weekend! Bigger. Better. Faster!
April 17th, 2010 10AM - Rain, shine, or snow
Create a vehicle that can autonomously navigate
around the SparkFun building
$300 cash first prize
Spectators are encouraged to come check out the fun! It's a great spring day full of hackery, tours, and if we're lucky a robot or two in the lake. If you plan on coming to the AVC, please register!
We plan on an exhibition lap with a mass start just to see how it goes.
By purchasing this product you are purchasing an official entry to the day of competition. You are welcome to purchase an entry at any time, but last year we had a problem with people signing up and then 'not being able to make it'. We will have more team entries than spots available, so to prevent teams from signing up and then being unable to attend, we will require every official team to submit a video no later than April 1st showing their robot driving forward and making a turn. Nothing fancy. If an official team does not submit their video in time, they will forfeit their spot and the spot will be given to a team on the waiting list.
We know what it's like on demo day (nothing works), but bring whatever you've got!
Definition: "around the building" - bot must go around the external four main walls of the SparkFun building. You pick the course and direction. Most teams will probably be on the black top (asphalt) but the choice is yours. We will not be moving (real) parked cars, dumpsters, or snow ramps, but we will be stopping parking lot traffic.
Autonomous means your bot/car/plane/heli has to drive itself. You press the start button, three seconds later the robot begins navigation under its own control. There can be no human interaction. The car cannot receive any commands over any medium from a human operator. It is allowed to transmit debug information and receive any other signals (GPS, proximity, etc).
Rules are subject to change on a whim. It's mostly like last year, with more sparklers.
The SparkFun crew is pretty stoked. You are encouraged to form/create your own team. You are welcome to ask a SparkFun engineer anything you want - we're here to help.
If the weather decides not to cooperate (if it snows more than a few inches), we will move the competition indoors. Don't depend on GPS too heavily...
Prerequisites: **None! Bring a robot.
**Date: April 17th, 2010 (a few days after US Tax day)
Time: 10AM to around 3PM
Looking for a course preview? Look no further (well, a little bit further...it's just below)!
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