Jumping the Gun on Teleop

The only thing FMS does is tell the DS software to not send joystick values to the robot during autonomous mode. The DS computer has the same network access during auto that it does during teleop, so other software running on the computer can accept operator inputs (e.g. via the keyboard) and send them to the robot, even during autonomous mode.

If there is a competitive advantage to it, teams will look hard for ways to have humans get commands to the robot during auto. Notably given enough incentive to put the work in, this doesn’t even require physical access to the computer (e.g. Cheesy Vision). I’m not finding a rule about this in 2021, but at least in some years following 2015, commanding in this way has been specifically disallowed because of the advantage it gives.

1 Like