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IRC Open League 2017 Senior Level


Problem Statement:

To build a pair of self driving cars that can automate the public transportation system of Tomorrowland.

Problem Description:

Self driving cars are a complicated technology. Not only these cars need to be very intelligent but they also need to have a keen sense of what’s happening around them. Further, there have to be certain rules that will have to be embedded in the road system.

The keen sense to the cars is provided by a combination of advanced sensors, rotational controls on motors as well as a strong communication system amongst various cars on the road.

The rules embedded in the roads are colour coded and well defined so that these cars can take calculated and precise turns as well as stops.

Your team will be tasked to develop two such self driving cars using which you can carry dummy people from one place to another. The description of the cars is as:


SD Car 1:

SD Car 1 can have a sophisticated pick/capture/drop mechanism so that it can carry a dummy passenger from the source location to drop point.

SD Car 2:

SD Car 2 needs to have a sophisticated pick/capture/drop mechanism so that it can transport the dummy passenger from the drop location to the destination point.

Note:The above mechanisms are mostly for reference. You can decide on exact mechanisms as per your liking. However, the tasks for the different robots is fixed and the robots have to be named appropriately via label on them. Both the robots cannot exceed the size of 8” x 8” (the dimensions would be of the base).

Arena

  • The length & width of the arena is 6 feet x 9 feet.
  • Arena is placed on the ground within a frame (made out of EVA sheet).
  • Both SD Car 1 and SD Car 2 will be kept at the start area 1 and start area 2 respectively.
  • All the props are of the suggestive shapes made either out of Avishkaar kits or EVA sheets only.
  • All the props are described in detail next to the arena design.

Arena Details

Arena Tasks:

For SD Car 1:
Pick up the passenger from source: SD Car 1 will have to pick up the passenger from its placeholder location. The dummy passenger is a colour coded cube (red or green) as shown in the prop description.
Note: The dummy passenger would be placed by the referee and it can be of any colour code (red or green).
Reaching the Drop Point: Once SD Car 1 has picked up the passenger, it needs to drop the passenger to its drop location. The drop point is again colour coded either Red or Green and is square in shape. The dimensions of the same are shown in the arena description.
For SD Car 2:
Pick up the passenger from the drop point:SD Car 2 will have to pick up the dummy passenger from the drop point once SD Car 1 has dropped the dummy passenger successfully.
Note:You can use any kind of signalling mechanism amongst the robots, however, we would recommend the wireless communication (which comes built in the SR Brains by Avishkaar).
Dropping the dummy passenger to its destination: Once SD Car 2 has picked up the passenger from the drop location, it needs to bring it to its destination.
One Arena run is considered complete once one dummy passenger has been successfully dropped to its respective location by a combination of SD Car 1 and SD Car 2 or if one of the robots looses its path of the track.
Note: Only 4 such arena runs are allowed.

Scoring

Task DescriptionScore
SD Car 1 Tasks
Successfully displaced the dummy passenger (can be of any colour: red or green) from its placeholder location+30
Successfully capture the dummy passenger (can be of any colour: red or green) from its placeholder location+70
Successfully reach T Point 1 along with the dummy passenger +100
Successfully reach T Point 1 without a dummy passenger +50
Successfully reach the appropriate drop point (based on the colour of the dummy passenger) along with the dummy passenger +150
Successfully reach the appropriate drop point (based on the colour of the dummy passenger) without the dummy passenger +50
Successfully make a 180 degree turn and come back on its path after reaching the drop point+100
Successfully reach T Point 1 on its way back+25
Successfully reach the start point on its way back +25
SD Car 2 Tasks
Successfully reach T Point 2 on its way to the drop point (Note: SD Car 2 should start only once SD Car 1 has dropped the dummy passenger to its correct drop point)+50
Successfully reach the appropriate drop point where the SD car 1 has or will be dropping the dummy passenger+100
Successfully able to capture the dummy passenger from the appropriate drop point+150
Successfully able to take a 180 degree turn and come back on its reverse path while coming back to drop the dummy passenger +100
Successfully able to cross T point 2 while on its way back+25
Successfully able to reach its destination point while on its way back without the dummy passenger+25
Successfully able to reach its destination point while on its way back along with the dummy passenger+75
Total Points achieved in one complete Round1000

Prop Description

Senior Level Rules and Regulations

  • The duration of the run will be four minutes and there won’t be any trial time provided for the run. There will be four runs provided during the competition.
  • Participants can’t touch SD Car 1 or SD Car 2 while running without the permission of the referee. If the participants do so, the referee may disqualify the team. However, if any of the bots is going out of the designated path, the participants can restart the run of the bot with due permissions of the referee and place the robots back to their respective start points. Note: This will be counted as a valid run by the referee and the points earned would be awarded to the team.
  • There is no restriction in the number of motors/brains used per robot.
  • Only Avishkaar Kits are allowed to build these Robots.
  • A power source of 7.5 Volts and 2200 MAH current is allowed in the bots.

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