I agree. That’s why my team’s bot has side panels on our intake. Without them, a hit from another bot or a sudden turn can cause us to lose control of the ball. Plus, we needed a place to put our sponsors!
We noticed that (first two shots in the video) and the drivers began holding down the ball with the ball pickup while driving and getting into position (last few shots of the video). Shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
There are side panels on it, but they are a little hard to see in the video.
The one Go Pro shot where you see it roll around the most the driver
had made a hard stop near the 18 foot line. Like Kyle said they had also
learned to trap the ball using the pick up arm. (two of the Go Pro shots
show the arm coming down on the ball to help hold it). We’re working
on a practice robot so they can get even better at driving and shooting.
Keep in mind this was shot on Bag and Tag day and mainly because of
snow days and waiting for parts we lost at least 7 days. They only had
about four hours to practice on and off (and also keep in mind our veteran
drivers graduated last year) So they didn’t do too bad. We’ll see what they
can do after the practice bot is done and at VCU.