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Midtown Madness

Wanna be the next Schumacher , Hamilton or Alonso ?
Wanna be a part of the future of racing games ?
So tighten your safety-belts and gear-up for Midtown Madness

Prizes worth Rs 15000 up for grabs for this event. Make the most of this opportunity and register now!


In today’s busy world people find it difficult to find time for driving their automobiles. Think of a situation where your automobiles are able to drive themselves to the destination without any manual intervention and obviously safely. Midtown Madness is designed around this theme but don’t worry this time it’s just the first step towards this basic goal and so the event is bound to be simple. If you can imagine the future of automobile industry then gear up for the event in QUARK and create a revolution


Make an autonomous machine that is capable of traversing in a specified track


  • The track will be a closed loop not having any sharp turns in it.
  • The arena and the blocks will be made of plywood.
  • Width of the track (Zone A in fig.) will not be less than 45 cms anywhere in the track in the elimination round and 90 cm in the main round.
  • The track (Zone A in fig.) will be painted black and will be enclosed by white coloured lines (Zone B & C in fig.) of thickness 5cms on each side of the track.
  • The elimination round and the main round arena will be having small WHITE COLOUR blocks of maximum size 10 cm * 10 cm * 25 cm (l * b* h) which will be placed on the track (Zone A) such that they touch the white line (Zone B). 
  • The blocks will be placed at particular checkpoints on the track and no checkpoint will have more than one block


  • The bot must be completely autonomous and its size should not be more than 25 cm * 25 cm  * 25 cm at any time during the race.
  • The voltage between any two points of the bot should not be more than 12 Volts.
  • If the bot is found to be tampering with the arena or deliberately attacking the opponent's bot during the race, the event managers have the authority to disqualify the bot. The decision of event mangers will be final and binding in all such cases.
  • All the side faces of the bot must be covered (top and bottom face covers are not necessary) and only the transmitter receiver pairs (i.e. sensors) can be kept out of the face covers. Even the tyres must be on the inside of the face covers.
  • The face covers must be painted with white colour.
  • The maximum distance between the ground and the lowest part of the face cover should not be more than 2 cm.
  • Use of printed circuit boards are allowed. The participants must be able to explain circuit if asked.
  • Use of ready made chasis is allowed (but the participants have to make sure that any other rule is not voilated).
  • The machine HAS TO use an on-board power supply. The on-board power supply has to be arranged by the participants themselves and is not the responsibility of the event managers.



  • The bot has to first run on the elimination track. Depending upon the time taken by the bots to complete the race, they will advance to the main round (Bots taking lesser time will advance).
  • In the main round two bots will run simultaneously on the track TWICE. In the first run of the main round one bot will be placed on the inner side of the track and the other one on the outer side and this position will be interchanged for the second run.
  • The bot which has lower sum of time for the two runs (in the main round) will advance to next level of the main round.
  • If the two bots are stuck in a dead lock condition during the main round OR if a bot is damaged due to collision (with the other bot ONLY) during the run on the track such that it is unable to move just after the collision, that particular race will be restarted. The race WONT restart if the bot gets stuck with the block.
  • There will be no more than two restarts given to a particular race.
  • There is no penalty for clashing with the other bot, however such behavior of the bots is discouraged.
  • Total no of sensors used should not be more than 10 (5 for line sensing and 5 for obstacle sensing). In case a bot is using more than 10 sensors the team is required to submit the exact purpose and position of each sensor. In such cases the teams will be allowed to participate only if they get the permission of the event managers beforehand.
  • In the elimination round if the bot moves out of the track that is, its all wheels are outside the track(i.e. zone A), it will be repositioned (at the same point where it left the track) with some penalty in seconds awarded to the team.
  • In the main round if the bot moves out of the track that is, its all wheels are outside the track (i.e. zone A) it will be repositioned inside the track and penalty in terms of seconds will be awarded to the team. Although if the bot moves out of the track due to the push of the other bot, no penalty will be awarded to the team and their bot will be repositioned at the same point where it left the track. The decision of the event managers will be final in this regard.
  • If the bot is stuck somewhere on the track only the event managers are allowed to reposition the bot (they will do so only when asked by the team) and a penalty in terms of seconds will be awarded to the team
  • The teams have to submit an abstract indicating the hardware used along with the basic schematic of their bot and the position and use of the sensors used. The format of the abstract will be uploaded soon on the website.
  • The teams are expected to maintain competitive spirit during the event.


All registered teams will be required to mail an abstract to [email protected] for the event before 15th January, 2008 in the following format:

Team name
Team Leader's name
Team Leader's mail id
Team leader's registration id
Algorithm: The teams must explain the algorithm used by them and also give a rough outline of their code
Design: The teams are required to give the no of sensors used and their orientation on the machine.


  • A team cannot have more than 4 (four) participants.
  • Participants from different institutions can form a team.
  • All students with a valid identity card of their respective educational institutes are eligible to participate in the event.






Shashank Pandey
+91 9850140650
Aditya Singh
+91 9850468306

[email protected]

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