Is a fully autonomous robot allowed in the 2023 Charged Up season?
It’s allowed, sure. It’s rather difficult to pull off, though…
do you have one?
It is legal, its just insanely hard cuz u have to code for a whole 2 minutes instead of 15 secs, plus you are extremely vulnerable to defense.
Yes, but its often been done in FTC land where most games have essentially outlawed defense.
The problem with doing in FRC is that defense is always a huge factor in game design.
I can guarantee you within 2 or 3 matches, the kids on good drive teams (who have been playing video games there whole lives against AIs) would watch the paths and strategies the autonomous bot is taking and completely neutralize it.
It’s possible to do solo for sure, though. Cool offseason project?
→ Grab a swerve bot with limelight and it’ll know where it is and where to go pretty much all match.
→ Get some auto-alignment to the grid like 3015 and you could score anywhere.
→ Use a limelight to detect which nodes are empty and score there.
→ On the intake side, use a limelight to detect game pieces on the ground and pick 'em up.
The thing that makes full-auto FRC super hard is there being five other robots. You could maybe play 1v1 by using more vision and detecting the other robot’s position and velocity and running a collision avoidance algorithm, but doing that for 5 other robots is super duper hard. Not to mention an auto-bot being unable to coordinate with its 2 alliance partners, and being extra vulnerable to having any one of 3 robots come and get in its way.
Practical? Until someone slams into it and knocks it off course.
There have been periodic discussions of fully-autonomous robots on this forum. So far, I can’t say I’ve seen one. Heavily-automated, sure.
1690 and their “don’t shoot” button last year was incredible. And with a full auto climb, seemingly like most years, all drivers need to do is… just drive!