Someone previously used the term situational awareness.
FRC is one of the only events where the competitors and their equipment interact with the masses, whether it is teams or observers.
A percentage of people have no regard relating to space or congestion. They will stop and talk in the traffic lane. They will stop at the intersection of hallways. They stand in front of pits blocking the path. Many times it happens at a known pinch point. This also happens at the grocery store and other high traffic locations.
One way traffic of robots in the pits might help if there is enough space at each venue. This would mean there is only one direction people need to look.
I have no issue with ROBOT if used properly. Having 3 to 5 people yelling it is terrible. Having one person in front of the robot saying it is fine.
I would not want to seperate the bots and competitors from the public like most other sports. The interaction is a true positive for both the teams and the public. A key is that everyone needs to realize that robots on carts have the right of way.
If we are allowed to install crowd control devices, I think an array of cattle prods will be added to the front of our cart.