January Robot Competition FAQ Posted

Posted 13 Jan 2004 at 20:54 UTC by steve Share This

The January edition of the Robot Competition FAQ is out. There have been a lot of updates and several new contests have been added. One of the new events, the IRRF Open Challenge, is intended to provide a replacement for the ill-fated DARPA Grand Challenge.

I am suspcious, posted 14 Jan 2004 at 15:30 UTC by earlwb » (Master)

It looks like a "just started" group with no money, no resources, and no sponsors trying to see if they can drum up any business. I suspect it's mostly about money.

A 300 mile long cross country course is pretty neat, but in today's world, you need cooperation from the local and state governments, and lots of insurance. Plus you still need lots of money to hedge against the inevitable lawsuits that will ensue.

Now holding a race in an arena, where the robots have to navigate a ever changing course might be more cost effective. Now the audience can watch the proceedings and it is visible to everyone.

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