Updated Rules and Early Bird Registration Extension

Dear competitors,

The 2016 rules updates are now posted, so have a look.  The big change is a new location, due to construction on campus in our previous race track area.  We’ve also eliminated the tunnel and made a more tempting short-cut, for teams who can navigate tight corners well.  We also changed the scoring significantly, in the hopes that true autonomy is awarded more, and the circuit results will way more heavily in the results.  Lastly, since we had two teams complete the circuit race loop last year, we will now enforce the rule that a loop must be completed to be eligible for prizes.

We would also like to extend the early bird registration deadline to February 29th, 2016, and are actively looking for new teams.  We already have registrants from Canada, India and Egypt, making this a truly international undertaking.

Happy racing!


It’s Official – The 2016 Robot Racing Competition will be held at Waterloo again!

Thanks to main sponsors continuing their long term support of the competition, we are again proud to be hosting the 2016 event at the University of Waterloo.  There will be some changes to the location (we must move to an adjacent parking lot due to new construction), but the main rules will remain the same, allowing teams to focus on lane detection, motion planning and vehicle to vehicle collision avoidance.  Looking forward to seeing some serious head-to-head competition this year, in both the drag and circuit races!

All input on rules and feedback from this year’s event is very welcome!  We look forward to hosting you all again this coming summer!

2015 Highlight Video

We got a first highlight video together from the event, have a look!

An Amazing Event in 2015!

Well, it’s a wrap!

The 2015 International Autonomous Robot Racing Challenge is now complete, and it was a very exciting event with multiple teams showing big gains in terms of racing autonomy.  The weather was rather wet on Friday, but Saturday was gorgeous, sunny and hot, and we had a great day of drag and circuit racing.  All teams demonstrated true autonomy on the drag course, and both Waterloo and Western completed the entire circuit course loop autonomously.

The final standings and points are detailed on the Results page, but to spare you the suspense, it was 1st place to Waterloo, 2nd to WCI, 3rd to Western and 4th to Georgia Tech.

We’ll post videos and photos of the events soon, and looking forward to another great event in 2016!

Almost There!

Teams start arriving tomorrow, and weather is shaping up to cooperate on Saturday, although some rain tomorrow during testing is highly likely.  Be sure to come out for a great event on Saturday, race times are 11 AM for the drag race and 2 PM for the circuit race.  All veteran teams this year, should be a mighty showdown for the top prize!

Two small additions to the Rules

Prior to the competition, we are refining the course and rules, and have noted two changes that competitors should be aware of. First, lane width in the circuit race is similar to the lane width in the drag race, in the range of 1-3 meters.  Second, a small section of the course has yellow cross walk markings on it. As this will be very distracting to vision algorithms, we will cover it with thin, grey outdoor carpet that should be of negligible height and extend out past the lane markings on either side of the lane.  Note that some yellow and lane markings will be visible outside of the lane markings in a few locations on the course.  Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.  Slightly amended rules are now posted in the rules section.

Rules Revision to clarify a question from competitors

A slight clarification was required in the rules to highlight the fact that much of the circuit course will not be marked with cones.  There will be yellow lines on the outside of the track and white lines on the inside, and cones only at intersections and along grass sections.  Also note that the tunnel will be located on the shortcut through the grassy section.  Happy racing!