Results and future plans
ARBot is the winner of Polish Robotour
This was almost the last Robotour (Poland/Łódź) , due to insufficient interest.
At the end 9 registered teams arrived, 8 were on Saturday in the park and 7
bravely competed and explored Park Poniatowskiego. It was hard to believe that
after the heavy rain on Friday Saturday would be beautiful for the whole day
… and it was, so nice weather for 8th time!
Arrival and homologation
We had quite underestimated the length of the trip to Łódź, especially the last 135km. We
drove that part for more than 3 hours! The surrounding reminded me suburbs of Hradec
Králové: pedestrian crossings, mostly 50km/h speed limit, which for a couple meters
changes to 70km/h, speed cameras, traffic lights, roads under construction …
It took 8 hours in total to travel from Prague. We left at 7am so we did not make
it on time and start homologation at 2pm as promised. Other teams had similar problems,
except Radioklub Písek and AutoLUT which were impatiently waiting
for us in the park.
Homologations were very benevolent this year. Proper examination was completed only for 5
teams. The rest arrived at night (Plecharts), or had problems with
batteries (Roboauto), or "the usual" problems (Smelý Zajko), or unsolvable
problems (Shevek). After agreement with other teams all non-homologated teams
started at the end of the line.
The next time we will be more strict again, because due to the missing homologation
of some teams I did not ask new questions:
- Do you plan to return from goal to start position?
- Do you plan to use whole 60 minutes limit?
The idea was to make sure that all teams know about slight changes of the
rules. This missing knowledge showed later on in the case of Roboauto team.
- Run0: lat=51.7548904 lon=19.4454715 (Road End)
The homologation was problematic, but the Saturday 0th run was total tragedy.
The Polish team did not come, Shevek gave up the contest (the overnight repairs
broke parts which were already working) etc. Team Radioklub Písek broke
their suspension system in the first water sewer (they wanted to test it, but
… broken robot and the contest did not even yet).
Only ARBot had show time — it reached the nearby goal, and at the end it tried
to turn back and return to the start. Due to battery issues, the robot was
stopped and returned to charger to be ready for official start at 10am.
1, 2, 3, 4
- Run1: lat=51.7542988 lon=19.4433545 (Internal Semicircle)
- Run2: lat=51.7522579 lon=19.4420459 (Eastern Parking Lot)
- Run3: lat=51.7538014 lon=19.439095 (Island/Bridge)
- Run4: lat=51.7541784 lon=19.4407237 (Maze)
The contest was very quick this year. Due to a misleading information in the print
that the contest will be 10am-2pm we packed all runs and robots had to
start every hour. It was more-or-less OK, only there was not enough time for battery charging.
There were two exceptions: Radioklub Písek had diesel backup generator
and Short Circuits Prague charged from portable truck battery.
There was another surprise at 9:30. We had learned that there would be marathon
running through the park! I felt like Alice in the Wonderland. And really, in
couple of minutes we saw first runners and shortly they crossed all four main
roads. And again. The good news was that at the beginning of the first run at
10am they were all gone, so in reality we were lucky.
In the first run ARBot did not start, Roboauto did not come at all (a year „dusty”
code still behaved strangely), on the other hand Radioklub Písek got some
points and the same holds for the other robots too.
The second run was simpler and we were witnesses of a „miracle”. Roboauto
reached the goal (408m air distance) and shortly after that also ARBot.
Roboauto stopped but ARBot turned in the goal area and went back to the start. The
robot got another 100 points/meters.
The third run was the most malicious one. The goal was on the small island
connected by two small bridges. Again the best demonstration showed ARBot, until it ended
near a bench with two diagonal wheels in the air. The remaining two wheels
did not have enough power to move the body out of the trap. It is not surprising that ARBot complains
every year about the full 5 litter beer barrel payload. The robot
weights only 2.7kg so it carries double of its weight. I did not follow the ARBot
after that manual intervention/task termination, but I heard that it was capable to cross the bridge
and return back from the island.
The last run was along the cemetery to „Potter's maze”. Even bigger challenge was
a very wide cross road, where Radioklub Písek missed the next entry. Then they
tried to use parallel road and their robot E-liška cut the corner and ended on
the lawn. ARBot also had bad luck: the robot wanted to avoid collision with a
bench, but selected the wrong direction and left the road.
||Short Circuits Prague
- Run5: lat=51.7540905 lon=19.4374367 (Altan)
This year we lose leach of our fantasy and went to the park also in the evening.
The start time was set to 19:15, i.e. after sunset. It was quite hard even for a human to
tell where is the road. The crazy teams were ARBot, Short Circuits Prague,
Radioklub Písek and Robo@FIT. The night run was not scored, but maybe next
year we could have an extra price. It is an interesting challenge.
Planned changes to 2014
The three runs last year were not enough and four this year were maybe too
much. On the way home we found a compromise, that the overall score would be
taken only from the 3 best runs, and the team can decide to skip one run if
necessary (without too big loose).
We will keep the video-homologation as must have, and registration without
video will not be accepted next year. Moreover „recycling” of old video would
be prohibited so that even experienced teams would dust off their robot a little bit
And the place for the event? It is open at the moment. There are several
options like Padova/Italy, Brno/Czech Republic, Heidelberg/Germany …
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