Robotraffic – Annual International Competition

The Programme

The Robotraffic project involves the building of robotic car models which need to be able to follow the rules of the road. Robotic car assembly kits, that were originally designed and developed by the Technion, are distributed to groups of school students who form teams and study and prepare for the competition throughout the school year by designing and programming the robotic cars to follow the rules of the road.

The Technion Robot Traffic & Safety International Competition is organized in Haifa with an aim to teach safer driving through robotic competition. The vision is to provide early education in traffic laws and the physical limitations of vehicles and drivers, and to create ways to make the road "smarter" in order to reduce the unacceptably high accident rate for young people.

Competition 

  • Robotraffic is comprised of 4 competitive events:
  • Safe driving - Students design, assemble and program the robots to follow a route while obeying traffic regulations (traffic lights, speed, indicating, stop signs, etc).
  • Speed - The robots are programmed to race each other.
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) - Using CAD students design the electrical mechanisms of the robotic car.
  • Theory - Students answer questions on traffic regulations, safe driving, mechanical design, etc

The Impact

Involvement in the Robotraffic competition inspires a continued interest in STEM subjects. As a result of the competition, ORT students worldwide have fostered an interest in robotics and advanced technology for higher education and a career.