RoboJackets had a blast last weekend (October 13-14) at Sparkfun’s 2017 Autonomous Vehicle Competition. Twelve RoboJackets represented two of our teams and made a very good showing.
In the “Autonomous Car Wars” division, in which robots autonomously drive humans around a course (with the rider shooting Nerf darts at targets and balancing a cup of water along the way), RoboRacing swept the competition. Of the eleven entries in this class, our robot Bigoli scored over twice as many points as the nearest competitor. It was a class act, and its look and performance turned quite a few heads.
In the “Speed Demons” division, in which smaller robots autonomously navigate an obstacle course, RoboRacing had less success but still demonstrated noticeable improvement over AVC 2016. Our robot Macaroni scored the median among all teams but last of the three university teams in this division. Now that the effectiveness of our flagship, Bigoli, has been established, we can turn more attention to bringing Macaroni’s perception of its surroundings up to a similar level.
Full results for the Autonomous Car Wars and Speed Demons divisions are available at https://avc.sparkfun.com/2017/scores.
In addition to holding autonomous robot challenges, Sparkfun AVC is also one of the largest combat robot competitions in the country. BattleBots sent two of our best three-pound robots developed last year to join in, sporting improvements such as lightweight 3D-printed armor. Our robots Radiii and Snuttii represented GT and RoboJackets well, with win-loss records of 4-2 and 2-2, respectively. We hope to continue and improve upon this success for next year’s competition.