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Task: Self-driving Car

Cars that drive by themselves, without intervention of a human driver, are almost here. Google already operates a small fleet of slf-driving cars and expects to make such cars available to the public by 2020. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, even expects fully autonomous cars to be available in 2 to 3 years. These cars have extensive (and expensive) sets of sensors (Google's cars include a $70,000 LIDAR range finder system), and we won't be able to reproduce these robots with our $300 Lego kit. So, instead of creating a fully autonomous car we will focus on one aspect only: follow a car on a straight highway without crashing into it.

To complete this task, your robot must drive straight ahead and follow another robot closely but without bumping into it. The leading robot will (a) only go straight, (b) have random changes in speed, and (c) have a maximum speed of 600 units.


Bert G. Wachsmut
Last modified: 01/02/16
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