The Official competition traffic light has arrived. The traffic light is made of two 4″ diameter LED lights, Red and Green. The traffic light will be placed 1m above the ground, and 2m from the starting line. Download the original pictures for high resolution.
This page has just been updated.
For those who aren’t as familiar with autonomous vehicles, this page should get you started!
The updated rules for the 2014 robot racing competition are now available (see Rules). There are no major changes to the rules, but much more detail has been added in terms of cones, lines and traffic lights to be used, all of which can be purchased or made for relatively low cost. We welcome any questions on the rules and will post any clarifications as needed.
For the first time this year, we have a confirmed international competitor, the RoboJackets from Georgia Tech are coming. With a strong team from Waterloo ready to do battle, this is a great early start to the 2014 season. Any teams considering entry, please email me as soon as possible, so I can include you in discussions about rule changes for the coming season. To avoid last year’s fate, we would like to secure participation early this year and monitor team progress throughout the season.
After the disappointment of cancelling the 2013 event due to lack of interest, we are very pleased to announce that Robot Racing will once again be held in 2014. We’re refining the competition rules now with our new competition organizing committee, and have confirmed multiple teams for the competition in 2014. The prizes, venue and competition elements will all remain the same, and the dates and refined rules will be posted in the coming weeks. Looking forward to a great year of racing.
The University of Waterloo Robotics Team is pleased to invite you to the 9th Annual International Autonomous Robot Racing Competition (IARRC) 2013 to be held on July 26th and 27th, 2013 on the beautiful campus of the University of Waterloo.
What is IARRC?
IARRC is aimed at promoting R&D efforts into fully autonomous small-size ground vehicles – in particular the associated artificial intelligence software systems that race these vehicles. Student teams attending in the competition are expected to develop intelligent robots able to navigate a complex road course while avoiding the obstacles and other vehicles without any human guidance.
IARRC first took place at the University of Waterloo in April 2005. Last year’s event was held by UBC’s Thunderbird Robotics, and this year, the University of Waterloo is proud to host IARRC 2013 once again. We are aiming to return IARRC to its racing roots this year, simplifying the rules so that the focus can fall on ensuring safety while racing at speed, completely autonomously, over varied and challenging terrain.
A first draft of the rules has been posted, and all interested teams are encouraged to review them, ask questions and give any feedback they wish. Rules and prizes will be finalized early next year (we expect only modest changes), and we look forward to an exciting year of racing!
See you on the track!