0 - SparkFun AVC 2013 Ground Vehicle Course
After the competition was announced, the course layout and points system were explained in the video below. (Ground vehicle info ends around the five-minute mark.) The course seemed simple enough to understand: make it around the four yellow stanchions and avoid getting tripped up by the barrels. For bonus points, try to clear through the hoop and jump the ramp.
SparkFun provided a course diagram and GPS waypoint files containing the obstacle positions. The course diagram was very useful since it showed the distances between key features. We used it to recreate the course in a local parking lot so we could practice. Oil drums were substituted for the barrels. We simulated the hoop's legs with bed risers. And we crafted a ramp using the dimensions they provided. The stanchion positions were marked off with orange cones.
The first order of business after making the ramp was to test it.
It worked! :-)
Last Update: 30 November 2013