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Robotour Marathon 2019

testing challenge II.

Robotour Marathon is a new discipline helping teams to prepare to hard Robotour contest held typically in September. The first marathon confirmed that the best 3 teams already participated and tested their robots in complex environments. Note, that there is a new monthly scoring scheme for year 2019. (Update 13/8: JECC Lois 983m)


The rules for Robotour Marathon 2019 are similar to Robotour itself. The robot has to demonstrate its ability to autonomously navigate on paved roads without any human intervention. It can be any road mapped in OpenStreetMap. The main difference is that it is your challenge, performed when it suits to you and where it suits to you. Well, you are also the judge, which can be a bit awkward, but … pick a place, run your Robotour code and share your video with the robot GPS track. The winner is robot autonomously driving the longest distances over the year.

The Score Board(s)

The Longest Run (whole season)

Place Team Distance Date Video GPS Track
1st Istrobotics 2599m 2018-11-05 QXu989FT2-g #2836816
2nd RoboTech Vision 1361m 2019-04-15 8v9Xis4DyxI #2962510
3rd Cogito 539m 2018-09-30 m5jnlGOBEOQ #2813858
4th Cogito - Emily 427m 2018-11-25 CLmSgrhAPzE #2849964
5th JECC Fredl 198m 2019-05-31 sM7GrZbH1Ug #3001928
6th Short Circuits Prague 172m 2018-10-31 yaLrqkdnxCs #2834268
7th Eduro 148m 2019-04-07 IF_OwL6mO9U #2955889
8th Robosoft 84m 2018-09-18 w-jFvdBxycs #2805962

The Monthly Challenge

September 2018

Place Team Distance Date Video GPS Track Points
1st Cogito 539m 2018-09-30 m5jnlGOBEOQ #2813858 2
2nd Robosoft 84m 2018-09-18 w-jFvdBxycs #2805962 1

October 2018

Place Team Distance Date Video GPS Track Points
1st Short Circuits Prague 172m 2018-10-31 yaLrqkdnxCs #2834268 3
2nd Cogito Emily 117m 2018-10-28 8JWoIwmr0RE #2831929 2
3rd Eduro 64m 2018-10-23 6yNynVL6FR4 #2828667 1

November 2018

Place Team Distance Date Video GPS Track Points
1st Istrobotics 2599m 2018-11-05 QXu989FT2-g #2836816 4
2nd Cogito - Emily 427m 2018-11-25 CLmSgrhAPzE #2849964 3
3rd Short Circuits Prague 77m 2018-11-27 BRTaGau3c20 #2851237 2
4th Eduro 15m 2018-11-21 sMaFBbhl9l8 #2846981 1

December 2018

Place Team Distance Date Video GPS Track Points
1st Short Circuits Prague 24m 2018-12-30 jM1t4QRpTI0 #2879107 1

March 2019

Place Team Distance Date Video GPS Track Points
1st Istrobotics 377m 2019-03-19 3yO-3OSJJ2s #2940585 2
2nd Cogito - Emily 257m 2019-03-03 WEHN1sXMDoE #2928191 1

April 2019

Place Team Distance Date Video GPS Track Points
1st RoboTech Vision 1361m 2019-04-15 8v9Xis4DyxI #2962510 4
2nd Istrobotics 314m 2019-04-14 uPyekyr4USw #2961766 3
3rd Eduro 148m 2019-04-07 IF_OwL6mO9U #2955889 2
4th JECC Fredl 8m 2019-04-30 E2Ok5WUJ_pk #2974173 1

May 2019

Place Team Distance Date Video GPS Track Points
1st JECC Fredl 198m 2019-05-31 sM7GrZbH1Ug #3001928 1

June 2019

Place Team Distance Date Video GPS Track Points
1st Istrobotics 1163m 2019-06-26 IAOtIqYeh-8 #3029168 1

July 2019

Place Team Distance Date Video GPS Track Points
1st Istrobotics 537m 2019-07-31 CJi8yZh9GWc #3062036 1

Questions and Answers

When the Marathon contest starts?

The contests starts now (September 2018) and it ends a day before the next Robotour contest (September 2019).

Are multiple tries/submissions allowed?

Yes, definitely! The better one is kept in the score table (the old ones are stored in backlog).

Is beer keg required in Marathon?

No, it is not. Nevertheless it is highly recommended to test with your payload once a while.

Is there any time limit?

No, in this contest there is no time limit. The robot, which manages to move further away, is better than the faster robot.

Video should be from robot or from mobile phone?

Both is accepted as robots do not have to be equipped with camera. You can publish both and add the second URL in the comment. You can also speed up the video.

Is there any naming convention for uploaded video?

It is highly recommended to use Robotour Marathon together with the name of your team (for example Robosoft: Robotour Marathon 2019, attempt 0)

I submitted my video and GPS track but the form just gray out?!

There could be some issues with the form, so if you do not receive confirmation within 24 hours, please send also mail to I am sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Can I pause my robot in dangerous situations and then continue?

Yes, you can exceptionally pause your robot. The example of dangerous situation is approaching horses, which could be scared by your robot, or a car on the road where you do not expect it.

What is Monthly Scoring Scheme?

By the end of every month the order defines number of points the team gets, and the next month starts with empty table. For example, if you have the longest try in October 2019 and there were 5 other competitors you get 5+1 points. Even for the last position in the given month you get 1 point.


9/18/2018 12:02 PM

9/30/2018 7:41 PM

10/23/2018 10:24 PM

10/28/2018 10:16 PM

10/31/2018 10:31 PM

11/5/2018 12:10 AM

Info from Istrobotics (via mail, in Slovak):

Prvy pokus:

Startovali sme pri parkovisku medzi N2 a N3. Ciel sme nastavili na S1. Pouzili sme stare NiMH baterie a robot mal pomalu rychlost. Po cca 1km sme vysli z cesty, kvoli napadanemu listiu. Zaznam je na:

Druhy pokus:

Kedze baterky boli takmer vymlatene, tak sme ich vymenili za LiPo, zvysili rychlost a nastavili sme ciel na N1. Robot isiel pekne a my za nim rychlou chodzou. Pod prvym mostom to boli riadne nervy, lebo robot isiel po pravej strane a bali sme sa aby nespadol z toho velkeho zrazu Ked presiel bodom N1kou, tak uz nemal mapu a ani ciel. Vtedy ide rovno a vyhyba sa trave a prekazkam. Pod druhym mostom ho takyto styl navigacie zaviedol do rohu, z ktoreho uz nemohol ist dalej a pokus sme ukoncili. Tu trasu sme potom dali ako pokus do marathonu. Zaznam je na:

Treti pokus:

Sme len obratili robota a poslali k parkovisku na tych istych LiPo baterkach. Zaznam je na:
Ked zratam druhy a treti pokus, tak na tych LiPo baterkach by sme mohli atakovat Udov minulorocny rekord. Ale interne sme si hovorili, ze by sme mohli skusit 10km

11/21/2018 6:51 AM

This entry is rather to encourage other teams (as it is very hard to beat Istrobotics now) and that they will surely do better than us. This time we tested GPS and IMU and sure enough "something is wrong" whenever you reach waypoint (taken from OSM map). The robot should just pause, but the motors were reseted and robot got crazy. The log file is at and code in feature/magellan branch. Hopefully next Tuesday it will be better. p.s. yes, it was cold and snowing shortly before the trial

11/25/2018 7:29 PM

Bearnav-style trajectory replay.

11/27/2018 11:24 PM

12/30/2018 11:16 PM

Moje historicky první nahrávka s ROS. Robot jede rovně zatím bez jakéhokoliv řízení. Cílem bylo zatím ověřit základní spouštění, nahravání logu a exportování GPX a videa z logu.

3/3/2019 9:28 PM

" New stereo camera, new computer, new electromagnetic interference giving GPS hard time :-/ "

3/19/2019 12:41 AM

Ano uz sme prebudili nasho robota zo zimneho spanku Testovali sme aj trasu na Istrobot, ale robota nam tahalo do prava. Mal problemy sa vyskrabat na chodnik. Tak sme ho radsej stopli:

4/7/2019 10:16 PM

This is Eduro version 0 for DARPA SubT Challenge in Idaho Springs, CO, USA tested outside. The robot is supposed to navigate along left wall for 4 minutes and return to the Base Station.

4/14/2019 2:54 PM

4/15/2019 1:34 PM

4/30/2019 9:13 PM

5/31/2019 1:28 AM

6/25/2019 5:38 AM

p.s. notice Tatra truck at 68s and the fact that robot reached the goal and returned

7/31/2019 8:31 PM

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