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Straight Line Speed Test

Time limit: 5 minutes

Control method: Either remote-controlled or autonomous

The straight line speed course is a shallow trough approximately 7.3m (24 feet) long with walls 67mm high and set 522mm apart. From a starting marker, the aim of the challenge is to drive in a straight line and cross a finish line. The course will be laser-timed for accuracy. A padded barrier will be placed at the end of the course (approx 1m from the end of the trough) to stop the robots but it is to your benefit to work out some kind of ’emergency shut off’ to avoid damaging your robot.


The course will be driven 3 times and the times added together to make a final time. The competing robot must cross the finish line for the time to be recorded. Ideally, your robot should drive itself autonomously (we think this would result in a faster run), but remote control is allowed.

Competitors will be ranked according to the total amount of time taken to drive the course, the robot with the shortest time will take first place. Only those robots that have completed three runs will be eligible for ranking.

Points will be awarded to the top ranked robots like so:

  • 1st: 40 points
  • 2nd: 32 points
  • 3rd : 25 points
  • 4th : 18 points
  • 5th : 15 points
  • 6th : 12 points
  • 7th : 10 points
  • 8th : 8 points
  • 9th : 6 points
  • 10th : 4 points
  • 11th : 2 points
  • 12th : 1 point

Additional points:

  • 5 points will be awarded for each completed run.
  • 10 points will be awarded for completely autonomous operation.
  • The robot with the fastest single run will be awarded 10 additional points.


  • It is permitted to rescue the robot and place it back on the course at the place where things went wrong once per run without penalty but the clock will not be stopped.
  • An additional rescue is permitted, incurring a 15 second penalty.
  • A third rescue is not permitted, instead the run will be abandoned.
  • Abandoned or non-completed runs will be penalised by 1 minute.