drive_to(icc)

Today, after a long night of well deserved sleep after the long flight, we woke up early in the morning.

As our apartment is not that far away from the International Convention Center (ICC) – where the RoboCup is located –, we decided to just joystick Lisa there. On the way we had some quite interesting moments. Ever saw a robot crossing the road on a green light? After 25 minutes we arrived at the ICC. The funny thing is, we even mapped on our way. Of course we never made a map of this size and partly it must be overlapping, because we don’t have layers for different levels. Nevertheless, the map is there and we can potentially navigate in it. However, the path calculation is quite slow on a map of this size.

Those people in the cars must be curious about this strange machine crossing the street..
Those people in the cars must be curious about this strange machine crossing the street...
And through the park in front of the ICC
And through the park in front of the ICC.

After registration we were the first team inside the arena and tested the robot inspection. TIAGo is still not here, but instead got transported to another city somehow… Tomorrow to lunchtime he should arrive though. At least this is what the shipping company told us.

Mark and Ida testing inside the arena
Mark and Ida testing inside the arena.

Currently we are testing and optimizing our strategy, because all of a sudden the organizers found time to insert a fourth official test slot. Tests with Lisa are going quite well so far. The most important thing up to now is that we are able to pass the door easily—we had huge issues with this at the RoboCup GemanOpen.