Autonomous driving competition
The Autonomous Driving competition has been organized since the first edition of this event in 2001. It aims at promoting technical developments in systems and techniques that can be used in vehicle autonomous driving.
The competition takes place in an indoor structured area but the path used as the competition framework tries to reproduce, to some extent, a real scenario. It has a 8-shape configuration delimited with two white lines which simulates a two-way road with the following additional elements: a zebra crossing with a pair of traffic lights panels (one in each direction), a tunnel, a road maintenance area, an obstacle placed in an unknown position and a parking area, whose exact position is unknown, with two places and an obstacle in one of them.
The contest evolves in three phases, held in three consecutive days, with
increasing complexity carried out through the addition of new challenges. In
all phases the robots start from the zebra crossing and, after recognizing a
“go” sign displayed in the traffic lights panel, drive autonomously in the
competition area executing two complete laps.
The second phase requires the robot to identify a set of
5 different traffic light signs and to react in accordance. The signs, shown
through a TFT display, may indicate that the robot must either stop, follow
in one of two directions (turn on the left or go ahead), end its trial or
proceed to the parking area. In the second phase robots also have to deal
with an obstacle, occupying one of the lanes, located in an unknown
position. The obstacle should be detected and avoided by following through
the other lane without getting off the path.
Team registration is accomplished by filling a registration form (to be made available here on 22nd January). Registration forms should be sent by mail to the Organization Comittee, up to the registration deadline (22/02/2008). Note that a registration form will only be considered eligible if sent together with the registration fee or with the proof of payment for a valid bank transfer.
Forms of payment:
PLEASE NOTE: If you use international bank transfer, a copy of the transfer proof issued by your bank should be sent along to the Organization address with the registration documents. Only upon the reception of this evidence will the Organization be able to issue a receipt. The Organization will not assume any bank transfer expenses.
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