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 two 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
  • 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 (COVID-19 Permitting)
  • 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
  • Be prepared for different obstacles from last year and surprise challenges
  • Be prepared for different obstacles from last year and the new challenge


  • 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.
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  • Prizes will be awarded to the droids that finish first, second and third in the tournament stage.
  • A prize will be awarded to the best designed droid, which will be judged by an expert panel
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