Sparkfun's AVC adds autonomous go-karts -- with helpless human passengers

It's sad that Sparkfun removed the aerial category from the AVC, but the silver lining is that this year they've added an totally insane new category: autonomous go-karts with humans aboard who can't steer.  I love the motto: "Trust your code? Prove it."

From the announcement post:

The 2016 PRS AVC will have four options:

  • Power Wheels Racing: You want to hack a Power Wheels and race it? Go for it. Straight up human skill and reaction speed FTW.
  • Classic AVC: You want to reuse an autonomous car from a previous AVC? Go for it. There will be a 25-pound limit.
  • Autonomous Power Wheels Racing: We’re calling this A+PRS. The main difference between Classic AVC and A+PRS is that you must carry a passenger. Yep! Time to get some skin in the game.
  • BattleBots: This was immensely popular last year. If you’ve got a one-pound or three-pound combat robot, bring it.

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Comment by Arthur Benemann on March 21, 2016 at 10:10pm

"Sparkun, putting the manned in unmanned."

Comment by RPM on March 22, 2016 at 6:18am

Great photo! hah

Comment by MarioSpeedwagon on March 22, 2016 at 8:11am
@Arthur - I laughed out loud at that one.

Comment by Linus on March 23, 2016 at 8:49am

@chris: looking forward to see you on your go-cart :)

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Comment by Chris Anderson on March 23, 2016 at 8:58am
I don't trust my code *that* much!


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