DRC Rules


Droid Racing Challenge 2021 Rules

Team Eligibility

  • All team members must be currently enrolled students at university, TAFE, or equivalent
  • There is a maximum of six official team members. We recommend at least four (two programmers, one electrical, one mechanical)
  • Each university or institution has a maximum of three teams allowed to compete
  • This challenge is designed for undergraduate students, therefore there is a maximum of one postgraduate student allowed per team
  • Teams must be able to show their progress through a video diary/showcase/logbook before the competition to ensure they are ready to compete. Email to qutroboticsclub@gmail.com by 09/07/2021
  • Teams must have at least one staff contact

Robot Specifications

  • The total budget for the finished robot must not exceed $1500AUD. This is to ensure an even playing field. All components will be at each team’s own expense
  • The droid must use computer vision to sense the boundaries, obstacles and other droids
  • The droid must be able to wirelessly start, stop and finish the race.
  • Any software may be used.
  • Any processing method, including off-board may be used (laptops used will not be included in the budget, provided they were not bought specifically for the DRC)
  • Only on-board sensors may be used. Main guidance must be computer vision based, however on-board sensors may be used to detect obstacles (i.e. No GPS, RC, LIDAR).
  • Each robot must have a red outer shell that covers at least 80 percent of the robot.
  • Droids must not be designed to intentionally interfere with other droids.
  • Must be a wheeled or legged driven robot that remains on the ground the vast majority of the time
  • It is recommended to avoid having open wheel designs. Two robots failing this might get their wheels tangled up. Though judges should still be able to see when a wheel has contacted a track marker.
  • Maximum dimensions:

Width:         400mm

Height:     350mm

Length:     800mm

  • Each robot will be judged on the day to see if it meets specifications. If it does not it will NOT be allowed to compete.

The Track

  • The competition will be held at QUT Gardens Point Campus for QLD teams with other teams to find large space (5x5m or larger) preferably with a hard surface (e.g. Lino or concrete)
  • The track will be indoors
  • Yellow and blue coloured tape will indicate the boundaries
  • Time penalties will apply if the robot crosses the boundaries
  • The finish line will be indicated by a solid green line
  • The width of the track will range between one and two metres
  • There will be obstacles on the track that the droid will need to avoid. They will vary in size (max 400x400x500mm), with up to two obstacles at any part of the track
  • The obstacle configuration will increase in difficulty with each round

New Challenge (2021):

  • A left or right hand turn sign “similar to the actual road signs” will be added to the track.
  • Only one sign/section shall be present on the track at any time
  • The sign will be approximately 20x20cm with the standard road sign colours
  • The sign will indicate which side of the fork the car shall take when it approaches the sign
  • +5 seconds will be given to a car that takes the wrong route
  • -5 seconds will be taken from a car that takes the right route
  • A car that fails to make a decision (at the judge’s discretion) will be placed onto the correct path if needed and +10 seconds will be given to that car
  • The direction of the arrow will be randomised with each lap and race
  • Both routes will be the same length and design.
  • Left SignRight Sign

2021 DRC Version:

  • Teams will stay in there home state or territory to compete
  • Each team needs to find a large space (5x5m or larger) preferably with a hard surface (e.g. Lino or concrete)
  • Room dimensions and locations of immoveable objects to be emailed to qutroboticsclub@gmail.com by the 9th July so that a track for everyone can be designed
  • A test track will be released by 10am on testing day and a competition track will be released by 10am on competition day which teams will need to replicate
  • Official Blue Tape and Yellow Tape
  • Awards for Best Robot Design, MathWorks Adoption Prize and track placing are still available
  • There needs to be at least two video streams of the room, in different corners, the entire day
  • An “as close to top down view” of the cars needs to be streamed to track officials so that races can be adjudicated


  • When the heat is due to start, a judge will give a countdown for the heat to start. After which, both teams may hit the start button for their droid to start moving.
  • If a judge determines that a droid has entered an unrecoverable state (such as completely lost the track), they can move it back onto the track in the last section the droid was attempting.

The Environment (For QLD Teams)

  • The competition will be held at QUT, Gardens Point campus
  • The track will be indoors, in a large lab space. This means that there may be equipment around that we can not move (including objects the same colour as the track lines).
  • The competition this year will not be open to spectators and we encourage you to take videos instead to share or direct people to the stream.
  • Access to power and a table to set up will be provided.
  • Access to a workshop will be provided if needed. It will have power supplies, soldering equipment, hot glue guns, basic hand tools, etc.
  • Teams should bring whatever non-workshop equipment they may need (Laptops, spare parts, etc). We may be able to supply some items at request, but cannot guarantee it.


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