The Xilinx table in Maker’s Alley at Sparkfun AVC 2016
In case you are not familiar with the Sparkfun AVC, it’s an autonomous vehicle competition and this year, there were two classes of autonomous vehicle: Classic and Power Racing. The Classic class vehicle was about the size of an R/C car and raced on an appropriately sized track with hazards including the Discombobulator (a gasoline-powered turntable), a ball pit, hairpin turns, and an optional dirt-track shortcut. The Power Racing class is based on kid’s Power Wheels vehicles, which are sized to be driven by young kids but in this race were required to be carrying adults. There were races for both autonomous and human-driven Power Racers.
Here’s a video of one of the Sparkfun AVC Classic races getting off to a particularly rocky start:
Here’s a short video of an Autonomous Power Racing race, getting off to an equally disastrous start:
And here’s a long video of an entire, 30-lap, human-driven Power Racing race: