At the beginning of an attempt, you will flip a coin to determine if the power cells will be set up on the red path or the blue path. Without communicating with the robot, then you run an autonomous that’s capable of picking up all 3 balls and going from the start zone to the end zone. There are 2 “paths”, path a and b, and two colors, red and blue. One complete submission is either path a and b using only the red path, or path a and b using only the blue path.
the randomization aspect seems really easy to circumnavigate. Lets say your team makes an autonomous program that only works if you randomly get the red paths. If you then randomly get the blue paths, there is literally nothing obligating you to do the blue paths. Unless I’m reading the rules wrong, I’m pretty sure that you could just scrap that attempt and start all the way from the top. Sure, about 50% of your runs would “fail”, but all you have to do is get 1 good run and submit it, you don’t actually have to worry about being consistent. I can only assume that the randomization aspect of this challenge is to force the autonomous programs to be more adaptive, but i cant think of anyway that FIRST could really fix this loophole without fundamentally changing how the randomization process worked.