Well, that could have gone better… SparkFun AVC 2015 is over and was an epic fail for G-Force 2.0, our entry this year. G-Force 2.0 was a minor update of our 2014 entry, which came in second place in peloton class. This year, the chassis was made from laser cut wood and was much smaller and lighter than last year, allowing me to use faster motors with lower torque. Other than that, the electronics and software were largely the same. I really don’t know why it performed so badly. The navigation was very unreliable and I’m wondering if it is because the compass was closer to the motors and the ground this time and maybe was picking up interference.
I didn’t have much time for testing before the event and that ultimately was the issue. I have the luxury of time now to do more testing before next year.