So hey, kinda in a rush so lets get right to it

We have our first regional this week, and we want to be able to in some way have the robot move forward x meters in autonomous

we dont have any sensors, and yeah
is there any possible methods of controlling how far your robot goes

ps. the only one i know is timing it, but can some one show me the syntax that goes along with executing this process.

thanks for the help.

There are two sensors that come to mind to easily control the position of a robot: Encoders and Ultrasonic sensors.

Encoders typically attach to the gearboxes or wheels and measure shaft rotation. You can use them to measure the distance your robot travels as it moves forwards. More details can be found here:

An ultrasonic sensor measures the distance from the sensor to a surface in front of it. You could use an ultrasonic sensor to measure your distance from the wall, although it would be susceptible to other objects (such as a goalie bot) sitting in between the sensor and the wall. Details can again be found in the docs:

If you would like to see an example of how to use dead reckoning in autonomous, feel free to check out my team’s code from last year (shameless self plug): In particular, this autonomous mode used dead reckoning for driving.

I assume you’re trying to score the 5 points for driving forward. We helped one of our alliance partners at week zero do this. Now it may vary a bit if your using simplerobot or iterative robot, but the approach is the same regardless. When your autonomous starts, store the current time. Then on each loop of autonomous check to see if the time is > 5 seconds. If it is stop the drive, otherwise drive forward slow.

private long startTime = 0;

//the first time autonomous executes (i.e. autonomous init)
startTime = System.currentTimeMills();

//on each loop/iteration
if(System.currentTimeMills() - startTime < 5000){
      //drive forward slow (.1 or .2 for a start)
      //stop the drive

Why not do something like this:

in autonomous function:

drive.tankDrive(0.5,0.5); //set drive motors to 50%
Timer.delay(time); //time to wait in seconds
drive.tankDrive(0.0,0.0); //stop drive motors

Because public void autonomous() {} only runs once there’s no need for a loop it will simply execute in order.