Silk Route

Problem Statement

Considering the unexpected and intolerable terrorist attacks on various army camps in India, the Indian Defence Ministry decided to increase the surveillance at army camps situated near international borders.

"Design a prototype bot which can follow the black and white lines near different army checkpoints and also able to avoid obstacles like stones and walls during unfavorable conditions."


Silk route is the event where different bots participate having general, predefined and embedded specification to cover up the arena in different time according to their speed, accuracy and performance. Here different rounds are organized having different difficulty levels and variety of hurdles. Path Follower and obstacle avoider robot (i.e. AUTOMATED GUIDE VEHICLE) is used by the participant to cover the arena.

Path Follower and obstacle avoider robot can be used in many industrial purposes. It can be used in carrying heavy and risky products. Radioactive products transportation inside a factory is very much risky for human life. A Path Follower and obstacle avoider robot can help in that section. In restaurant business it can also help in many sections such as food serving and order taking jobs can be easily done by this kind of robot.


  • Reduced Labor Costs:
  • AGVs reduce labor costs in your operation in many ways: By replacing a human worker with an AGV, a company pays a single expense for the equipment—the initial investment—versus ongoing costs that would come with a new hire such as healthcare coverage, payroll taxes, salary increases, vacation time, etc.

  • Increased Safety:
  • AGVs are programmed with safety in mind, and as such are crammed full of cameras, lasers, and other sensors that allow them to safely operate around personnel and structures.

  • Increased Accuracy and Productivity:
  • Humans make mistakes. By replacing the human element with AGVs, you remove some of the potential for inaccurate workflows, ultimately reducing waste and increasing output, allowing your operations to become more productive and accurate. And whereas human personnel is limited in how long they can work, AGVs are capable of running 24/7.

Bot Specifications

  • The robot must be strictly autonomous.
  • The width of track line of arena will be in between 2 to 3 cm.
  • Dimensions of the bot should not exceed 200mm*200mm*150mm (lxbxh), there will be minimum 40 cm gap between two neighbour lines.
  • The power supply for the bot should not exceed 12 volts(DC).
  • The weight of the bot should not exceed 2.8 kg.


  • The team should comprise of at most 4 members.
  • The robot has to follow the black or white line as specified according to the round in the least possible time.
  • The tracks will be shown during the time of the respective rounds.
  • Each round will be knockout round.
  • Each round has different penalty of time or points for touches and fouls according to the particular round.
  • Any damage to the arena due to bot or team member will cause to disqualification of the team from the competition.
  • The design and overall performance of the robot may be considered in case of a tie.
  • Directing the robot or sensors by any external measure like pull, hand push will not acceptable and can cause penalty.
  • Some of the rules will be disclosed on the spot.
  • Final decision is taken by the judges everyone have to obey it.
  • Each member of the team must have identity card of his/her respective institute.

Event Co-ordinator

Avneesh Saraswat

Contact no. : 81268 12700 Email id : (For Further details contact) Ramendra Raghuvanshi (9076681079)