The Robotour 2014 winner is from Slovakia
So how was Robotour, the ninth year of outdoor contest of autonomous robots? I
would almost introduce a new motto: „if you would like to checkout your robot,
take it to the Robotour!”, because this year it was really hard, especially the
start at 2pm … but I am now jumping ahead.
Robotour 2014 in a nutshell
It rained this year. And it was not just a few drops — it was a serious
pelting rain, which would some robots easily flood out. So that's probably the
first unforgivable memory to this year Robotour in Pilsen.
Another positive memory is that all 12+1 teams arrived (well, the new team
Blade XXII mask that till Saturday). There were five new teams and all
fightet bravely, it is true that some with their own robots and software, but
… AmBot finished „winner box” and big chances had also Polish team
TAPAS Team, which was favorite in first runs (they did not start in 3rd
pelting rain run, which was wise decision (*)).
The score was very bad this year. The paths were narrower than in Lodz and some
were a grass ones. The top is the path on the right picture, which is mapped in
OSM. So it was harder to judge and there were debates of some not perfectly
mapped pieces of road. Also the 3rd rainy round was a source of some
Although it was quite demanding, I am happy for Robotour 2014 — by the
way is not the reason why we are doing that?
A few quick pictures
The winner is after five years of participation Smelý Zajko!
Congratulation, also for endurance and patience.
There were only Czech and Slovak teams on Saturday workshop, so after a while
it was easier to talk in our native languages. I was relatively tired from
Saturday, but the workshop gave me a plenty energy and optimism.
At the beginning Smelý Zajko described his hard way to the victory (they
participated since 2010).
Radioklub Písek presented a story of burned motors of E-liška and „current
magic” on new controllers.
finished their presentation with comment that is is not necessary to
a build autonomous car and that the goals of Robotour can be reached by
autonomous bike, cart or skateboard. See the last page of his
[The objective of the Robotour contest is to encourage development of robots
capable of transporting you to work in the morning or to deliver the building
material you have just purchased in an online shop. ]
ARBot showed his first results from stereo vision computed on gate array.
NDTeam, working in picoseconds timing business, presented his own robot
with aluminium construction controlled by a 4-core computer of size of
Istrobotics mentioned synchronization of web camera PS3 (?) … you just
have to solder proper inputs, but there are some issues with Windows drivers
fro multiple cameras etc.
Simply all experts! The presentation often started like in alcohol/drog abuse
therapy: „I am on Robotour since XYZ ...” Well, it is maybe addictive, so be
Plans for Robotour 2015
Just brief points:
- the Friday homologation will not be mandatory
(it was already this year)
- the order of teams in second and next round will be reversed, i.e. teams with
high score will start at the end of the starting area
- the payload remains mandatory
- the runs are in all weather conditions
The next year is anniversary so we are thinking how to properly celebrate it.
The preference for next location is still Czech Republic, but there are other
. Smelý Zajko took some pictures on the way home in park in Hluboká
nad Vltavou and comment it If Pilsen was difficulty level 4, the Hluboka is
… so something to look forward.
I would like to thank especially to Petr Weissar and his student for creating
the base. Without the tent we wound not survive the Saturday afternoon. Thanks
to Westernbohemia university for support: the dormitories next to the park were
very handy and the conference room in
center with café íčko
in city center was a nice alternative for workshop.
If you find this contest interesting and you would like to participate next year, or you have interesting pictures or videos, please let us know via
(*) I am reading conclusions form last year Poland and one was that a team can
give up one attempt without punishment. On the other hand TAPAS Team would
score similarly only Smelý Zajko would have lower score and the order would