Rush Hour

Imagine how spectacular it would be to have a robot that could think by itself, move by itself and have it make its own decision! Wouldn’t it be just astounding if you could be its creator?

Rush Hour is an autonomous robot-making competition that tests your ability to make a robot that could perform the given task without external interference. During the first onsite round, the robot has to perform a training session, where it follows a path surrounded with obstacles.

Schedule:  Prelims  10 am to 5 pm -- March 4, 2017 

                 Finals  10 am to 5 pm -- March 5, 2017

                CASH PRIZE - INR 25000

Prize money will be divided in the ratio 5:3:2



This event consists of two phases:

Phase 1 (Online):

Abstract submission (Eliminative).

Abstracts should be sent to

The format of the abstract can be downloaded from  here.

Each team has to make only one submission. In a case of multiple submissions, only the first submission will be evaluated.Shortlisted abstracts will receive MSP-EXP430G2 from Texas Instruments. The components sent must be used for the bot.

Phase 2 (Online): (Non-eliminative)

A video should be sent by the selected teams to on or before 1st March 2017. The video should contain:

           1. Constructed model of the bot

           2. Working model of the bot

Complete information about the video can be downloaded from here.

Phase 3(Onsite):

Preliminary round (Eliminative) followed by Final round.

For the final round, there will be an interview by TCS Jury which will be taken into consideration while announcing the winners.

Preliminary Round:

The time taken to reach the destination and the ability to avoid obstacles

Final Round:

Implementation of wireless communication based kit, maze algorithm and time taken for completion of the shortest path

  • Any student with a valid identity card (from their respective institution) is eligible to participate in the event.

  • All teams will be given a calibration time of 10 minutes.

  • Maximum time allotted for one trial is 10 minutes.

  • The starting procedure of the robot should be simple and should not involve giving the bot any manual force or impulse in any direction.

  • Each team can have a maximum of 3 trials. All trials require the approval of the presiding judges before the bot can be removed from the arena. In each trial, the timer and points will be set back to zero. The best time/points of the three trials will be considered.

  • The judges can reduce the number of trials for any team if time constraint arises.

  • During a trial, the bot should be restarted by putting it back on the start-zone. The bot should be in the “Power Off” mode and turned on again at the start-zone on the call of the judge's signal.

  • Between the trials, participants should not feed any information about the arena to the bot.

  • Participants are permitted to: adjust the sensors (Gain, Position etc.), change speed settings and make repairs. However, a participant should not alter a bot in a such a manner that it alters its weight (e.g. removal of a bulky sensor array or switching to lighter batteries to get better speed).

  • The judges shall arbitrate the points earned by the team. Till then, the scores will not be revealed.

  • Participants are not allowed to modify the obstacles’ positions on the track. Only event managers are allowed to handle the obstacles.

  • Participants are not allowed to keep anything inside the arena other than the bot.

  • The judges may stop the robot at any time if they feel that it is causing and/ or may cause any action that might be hazardous. No robot is permitted to use any flammable, combustible, explosive or potentially dangerous processes.

  • Readymade sensors (e.g. line array sensors) can be used.​​​​​​


Robot Specifications:

  • The dimensions of the bot should be within 200 x 200 x 200 millimeters (Length x breadth x Height).

  • The Potential Difference between any two points in the robot should not exceed 12V.

  • The Bot must only have on-board power supplies.

  • The Bot should not have any sensor for sensing the environment around. (e.g. Kinect)

  • Use of on-board camera is prohibited.

  • The organizers reserve the right to disqualify any bot that is found not adhering to the given specifications.

General Rules:

  • The time and points measured by the organizers will be final and will be used for judging the teams. Time or points measured by any participant by any other means is not acceptable for scoring. In case of any disputes / discrepancies, the organizers' decision will be final and binding.

  • Participants must bring their own computers, programmers and software if they wish to program their robots at the competition site.

  • The participants are requested not to assume anything without discussing with the event managers.

  • The organizers reserve the right to change any or all of the above rules as they deem fit.

Team Composition:

  • Maximum of 4 participants per team.

  • Teams should register themselves online.

  • No person shall be a member of two teams.

  • A team can constitute of members from different colleges.


Details regarding the arena can be clarified directly with the event managers.

Q- Who can participate?

Ans. Students from any college or university may participate in this event. If you are a beginner, resources can help you out.

Q- How many members are allowed in a team?

Ans. A team can have maximum 4 members.

Q. Can I participate without submitting the abstract?

Ans. No. Abstract is important and compulsory. It is required as it is the first selection criterion for participating.

Q. Are there any prerequisites to registering for this event?

Ans. No, but the resources provided in the website should be enough to help you make the working model and to clarify your doubts.

Q. Will any facility be given for charging our equipment?

Ans. Yes, 220V power supply with extension cords will be given.

Q. Do I need a working prototype when register for the Event to pass Phase 1?

Ans. No, the final working model is only needed when you are submitting the video of your robot.

In the preliminary round, the bot should traverse on a black line drawn on a white background which will include acute angle turns, curved tracks and obstacles placed on the track. Top teams from prelims will be provided with a special kit which they have to integrate with their existing bot for the final round. Any queries regarding the final round before the completion of preliminary round will not be encouraged. Details about the kit and its implementation in final round will be specified to the finalists on the completion of preliminary round.

In the final round, track is further extended to the line maze where bot has to solve the line maze by finding a box (should not pick) and returning to the starting point through the shortest path. This sample arena will give you an idea about the event’s rounds. Prelims start at junction C1 and ends at junction C2. And in the Final Round, the track is extended to the maze where the bot has to find a box and return to the starting point C1 through the shortest path.



Obstacle and box dimensions: 5cm x 5cm x 15cm (Length x Breadth x Height).

Box will be located within the range of 10cm from the dead end of the track.

Lines to be followed are 3 cm in width.

All measurements and dimensions are permitted with 10% tolerance.


For Event queries:

Joel               : +919489775582

Sasi              : +919442044991

Ankesh          : +919629478363

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