This video brought up something that has been bugging me for a while. There seems to be a significant difference in the first movement of all of the bots on the field. The referees as they are positioned are never in a place to catch violations of drivers jumping the gun. Since this seems to never be called it leads to teams holding their controllers when the bell rings while other teams that know and follow the rules are several seconds slower.
One solution would be to actually police the current rule and have 1 referee positioned at the starting line. I don’t think this would compromise anything as on field fouls are rare at this point and there will still be one ref on each side. Personally, I think this “solution” creates more opportunities for fouls and judgement calls that I don’t like but would be better than the unregulated situation we have now.
My recommendation would be to allow students to approach the controls before the end of autonomous. This would mean they are ready to play as soon as their controls become enabled. I don’t think there is much/any risk of cheating here due to the way the FMS software works.