frequently asked questions
The Robotour 2010 contest registration dead-line is very soon (31st of July
2010), so we will try to answer some question which appeared during the
Where exactly will contest take place?
was selected from three options. The botanic garden has good position
in the center of Bratislava and is also near the organizing faculty.
Disadvantage is entry charge (3 Euros) for visitors, charge for participants
is currently negotiated. The team base will be in hotel across the street +
there will be probably also „tent of organizers” directly on adjacent parking
How is it with category WagonOpen?
We decided to cancel category WagonOpen. First of all there was not enough
interest and what is more important, it does not fulfill goal of Robotour
. On the other hand new contest
Robot go straight
, which will be held annualy
in city Písek, fits to this goal perfectly.
Are accompanying robots allowed?
Accompanying robots are allowed (in the original rules they were prohibited) —
we decided to change it after cancellation of WagonOpen category. Note, that the team
won't gain any extra points! Only the robot marked as main will be judged.
For increase of spectators attractivity it is even allowed to have
__accompanying__ autonomous flying robots.
Is there any restriction on team origin and members?
There is basically no restriction on the team except one: there should be at
least one person more than 18 years old, who will be the responsible person.
Is it completely prohibited to go to the botanic garden and map it? Or it is
possible to go there, map it, but only if collected data are shared with
It is allowed to go to Botanic Garden, test there and map the environment, but
during the contest the robot can use only data shared on server
. If you for example use
vector data of roads it is necessary to put it also on the server (e.g. via
editor). You can also map
other features commonly used in OSM like width of the road, type of surface,
placement of benches or significant trees… Overview of used attributes is
on web page http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Map_Features
There was a discussion last year that barrels are mandatory (at least
empty). There is nothing about it in rules, so should I prepare some
Yes, the empty barrel is necessary, so that the other robots have chance to
recognize your robot. It is also mentioned in the rules: "Every robot must be
able to carry 5l barrel of beer (at least empty). "
I have a question about multiple robots cooperation. Is there the same rule
as last year, i.e. max 2m distance, leaving the road means end of the trial etc.?
Or is it possible to compete with two robots independently, and possibly
"sacrifice" one on the crossing?
If the accompanying robot carries full barrel (the main robot has to carry at
least empty one) then to get extra points for load (this is an extension to
original rules) the robot has to satisfy 2m distance limit. All robots have to
move on roads, with exception of flying robots, cannot stay on one place longer
than one minute or intentionally block the road to other robots. Organizers
reserve the right to remove the extra robots in case of problems.
Are the roads for Robotour in OSM maps specially marked by some unique
identifier, from which I can tell if this is the right contest road?
No, we do not plan any special tag for OSM contest roads. Robot should use existing tags like
highway (typically with value footway). Useful could be also
tag width describing width of the road in meters or surface,
with values (paved / unpaved / asphalt / concrete / paving_stones / cobblestone
/ metal / wood / grass_paver / gravel / pebblestone / grass / ground / earth /
dirt / mud / sand / ice_road) possibly smoothness, with values
(excellent / good / intermediate / bad / very_bad / horrible / very_horrible /
We recommend wiki page
. for overview
of commonly used tags.
How exactly will get robot the map this year? In the rules is written that it
will be OSM map, but will we get is on flash disk before the contest? Or some
other way? Is it filtered? For example without buildings?
Robot will compete with a map which will get from the team. The team can get it
directly from the OSM server anytime before the contest (or rather cut with
data of Botanic Garden). If you want some filtering you have to do it
How will be the destination specified? Is it going to be a part of the map?
The goal will be specified by coordinates and it won't be part of the map.
Do we have to implement routing in OSM map? Or operator can enter route
Robot does not have to be able to compute route itself this year. So option
with operator who uses OSM map and only selects segments for given round is
The last update September 8th 2010
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