The competition continues!
It’s the final day of the competition. The last opportunity for the robots to show what they can do. The only information given to the teams was that the robots will be tested for the first time in an emergency scenario and a downgraded situation. The program for today includes the manual activation of the robots’ emergency stop mechanism, disruptions to the WIFI network, positive (barrels, flexible hoses) and negative (ditches) obstacles, to mention just some of the challenges awaiting the robots and their teams. “The mission started out well, confirms Xavier from the VIKINGS team, until we got to the heavy rain simulation scenario (and/or triggering of the fire-fighting system). The robot got far too wet and one of its electronic systems failed. We had to finish the mission in degraded and remote-controlled mode.”
A final word to round off this particularly intensive competition week? “Whatever the results of the Challenge might be, Xavier continues, we have been inspired by this experience and it will change the way we see our future now.”