Pacemaking provides track athletes with the opportunity to improve their performance in races and training by distributing their energy output in such a way to run faster overall times.
However, current methods are inaccurate and resource intensive.
Therefore, the aim of the project was to design and build an autonomous, line-following pacing vehicle which motivates athletes by providing a real target to race against on an athletics track. The design embodiment is a modified remote-controlled car, fitted with an on-board computer and camera to run computer vision technology and motor control to autonomously steer and propel the robot given a specific user input.
This innovative project has the potential to positively change the way runners train and ultimately improve their race day performances.