What is the NI Autonomous Robotics Competition or NI ARC?
The National Instruments Autonomous Robotics Competition (NI ARC) is a student robotics competition designed to encourage development and innovation in the field of robotics.
The NI ARC features competing student teams representing the top universities from across Australia and New Zealand, with each team developing an autonomous robot within 7 months that will ultimately compete in a live competition.
The robotics application areas of focus are navigation, obstacle avoidance and object handling.
Teams who successfully completes the competition task get to keep the NI Robotics Development kit comprised of LabVIEW Robotics Software Suite and NI myRIO embedded measurement and control platform.
What is involved in the NI ARC 2017?
For 2017, the competition task will revolve around the transportation industry.
Built around the theme ‘Smart Transportation’, students will experience using industry leading hardware and software, and how to design an intelligent vehicle which can follow road rules and regulations, giving the students a practical means of understanding various facets of engineering, specifically robotics. The team's objective is to optimise their robot's performance to do required tasks with the least amount of time to earn the most amount of points.