Drones contrary to bats. How robots trained in the Bull Rock Cave

From 21 to 25 June 2021, the cave complex Býčí skála in the Moravian Karst hosted the preparation of our robotics team for the final round of the DARPA Subterranean Challenge, which will take place from 21 to 24 September 2021 in the United States of America. The purpose of the competition, which is a continuation of the competitions that gave birth to modern autonomous vehicles, is to develop new ways of fast and efficient exploration of underground spaces, especially for the needs of rescue services in the event of natural disasters or other emergencies.

´…the challenge is mainly for robots, cutting-edge machines from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of CTU – walking, driving and flying. Thanks to training in such an inhospitable environment, they have an unusual preparation for a competition in which millions of dollars are at stake. The contrast is similar to stepping off a plane at the equator and being embraced by the local “sauna”. The South Moravian sun is baking and pulling moisture out of the ground, heavy rains have swollen a nearby stream, and a tree downed by a storm is evidence of the fierce weather….’ described the challenging preparations with color and enthusiasm in Forbes magazine. Read the full article here.

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