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.

In addition to traffic light identification the first phase requires simple motion control along the path executing the two complete laps as fast as possible.

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.

Finally, the third phase adds up two more difficulties: a tunnel covering part of the path and the so-called road maintenance area. The tunnel significantly influences the light conditions that, as a consequence, affect the way the robot senses and follows the path. The road maintenance area is a deviation from the original path that is unknown beforehand. The new path is marked through orange and white cones (similar to those used is real roads) connected with plastic band with red and white stripes. The robot must leave the original lane path, follow the new resulting passage without touching any of the delimiting elements, and re-enter the lane path where the maintenance area ends.


  • From 22/01/2008 to 22/02/2008 - Team registration


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:

Payments regarding FNR 2008 registrations – either robotic competitions or scientific meeting - can be performed through one of the following methods:

  • International bank check, in euros, endorsed to "Universidade of Aveiro - Festival Nacional de Robótica", and sent along with the registration documents.

  • International bank transfer to the Robotics Portuguese Open, according to the following references:

    Company: Universidade de Aveiro
    Address:   Campo de Santiago
    3810-193 Aveiro
    Account Name: Festival Nacional de Robótica
    Bank: Caixa Geral de Depósitos - Aveiro
    IBAN: PT50 0035 0836 0000 1699 6301 4

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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