2010 Competition Announced

The Institute of Navigation (ION) announces the 7th Annual Robotic Lawnmower Competition sponsored by the ION Satellite Division and administered by the Dayton Section of the ION.

The purpose of the competition is for universities and colleges to design and operate a robotic unmanned lawnmower using the art and science of navigation to rapidly and accurately mow a field of grass.

The competition will be held June 3 – 5, 2010 in Beavercreek, OH. Team technical presentations will take place on Thursday, June 3. Inspection and qualifications will be performed on Friday, June 4. The main competition will take place on Saturday, June 5 (Rain date is June 6). Teams must present on Thursday and qualify on Friday to be eligible for competition on Saturday.

For further details, including the competition itinerary, view the 2010 Robotic Lawnmower Competition Rules.

The 2010 competition will consist of the basic and advanced categories. The winning teams for both categories are based on the highest total score. Schools may sponsor more than one team.

A separate award will be awarded to the team which cuts the field with the “best cut.” Details on the best cut award are given in section 1.2

Cash awards presented to the top three teams in each category. In addition, special international recognition will be provided for all participating teams in the ION Newsletter. Winning teams will be invited to display their mowers during ION GNSS, and will have the opportunity to present their robotic mower design.

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