Robot test track
Outdoor Testing Facility for Robot Benchmarking
Contact person: Daniela Walter
The robot test track is an outdoor testing facility with 15 challenging obstacles and an area of more than 500 m². The obstacles can be used for performance evaluation of walking, driving and climbing robots. On the 70 m x 6 m -area our robots can be tested on slopes with different inclinations and surface characteristics. The substrates consist of sand, rocks, grass, gravel, metal and wood. The pond in front of the building serves as an outdoor basin for swimming and diving robots.
The test set-up
The obstacles of the robot test track can be combined to several challenging testing courses. The obstacles are the following:
- Wooden Staircase
- Concrete Tube
- Rock Hill
- Cattle Bridge
- Rock Canyon
- Grass Dunes
- Small Rock Field
- Large Rock Field
- Random Stepping Field
- Gap Tester
- Log Pile
- Gravel Field
- Railroad Tracks
- Climbing Fence
Please click on the obstacles in the picture to see a detail view of it:
Learn more about our Robot Test Track and its obstacles.
The Wooden Staircase leads on top of the Rock Hill. It has 12 steps which are 15 cm high and 30 cm deep.
The Concrete Tube lies L-shaped under the Rock Hill. Its diameter is round about 80 cm.
The Rock Hill is 1,60 m high and has huge rocks on its steep hillside.
The Cattle Bridge consists of metal tubes and plates which makes it slippery. The plates leading up and down the bridge are about 90 cm each and the central section is 1,40 m. The Cattle Bridge is leads across the Rock Canyon.
The Rock Canyon is about 1 m deep and on its narrowest point 90 cm while the widest point is 1,80 m. The walls are very steep just like the steps leading into and out of the canyon.
The Grass Dunes are small hills with varied height of 10 and 30 cm.
Large Rock Field
On the Large Rock Field are a lot of really big stones. They are between 10 and 30 cm wide and some up to 60 cm.
Small Rock Field
The stones on the Small Rock Field are of course smaller. It’s nearly gravel with 5 bigger stones between. They are around 15 cm high.
Random Stepping Field
This obstacle consists of several timber stumps with varied size and height.
The challenge of the Gap Tester is a 60 cm deep gap. The longest distance is 80 cm and on the smaller side are just 17 cm.
The timber stumps of the Log Pile have a diameter of 4 to 20 cm.
The challenge of the Gravel Field for the tested robot-systems is the slippery underground.
Those are classic railroad tracks with wooden ground sills and coarse gravel. Between the two rails is a 1 meter distance. The robot can either pass the rails or a simulated railroad crossing.
The Climbing Fence is a very challenging obstacle. It is made of wood, 2 m high and has 11 steps to the top. The steps are 25 cm wide. The fence is quite steep as well that is why only good climbing robots can pass this.
Last but not least there is a pond for swimming and diving robots. The picture is taken from a footbridge and in front you can see a stoned hollow so that also no-swimming robots can go through. The hollow is 1,50 m wide and the pond is up to 2 m deep.