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Let's collect ideas of what to implement in addiditon to the features of the current TORCS

How to drive a TORCS car from a robot

Motion planning

Pitting

Tipps:

There are answers to common questions about TORCS: [1]

In the PDF-Version of the TORCS tutorial (C++) are bugs (Wrong images, missing chapters), so use the online version as reference.

It is very easy to create tracks for TORCS. We can do it in two ways, with surroundings and track only. This could help while testing the vision part. So we are able to produce situations we want to analyse in short tracks.

To create objects along the track, I used AC3D. It is intuitively usable, much faster to learn than blender.

TORCS uses only one cpu, with a multi processor board we allways have 50% taken from TORCS (to get as many fps as possible).

The screen's resolution used by TORCS can bee selected in the "Options - Display" menu. If the wanted values are not in the list, you can add them in the configuration file TORCS\config\screen.xml (Screen Properties x, y, and/or window width, window height)

Facts

Here some facts:

1. TORCS gets all information needed to display the world from ASCII files in the 3D-format "ac". The track is generated from the helper programm trackgen reading the track's definition from track.xml file and is written to a track.ac file. This can be modified with a program like AC3d (or blender) or an programmed object generator we want to use to fill our world. The result is the world without the cars. It is static!

2. TORCS gets all Information to display cars from ASCII files in the 3D format "ac". They can be designed with AC3d or blender. The properties are set in xml-files (cartype or category, car and driver). It is static too!

3. TORCS displays the drivers view to the world and other drivers by moving a camera through this world, placing the cars at correct positions in adjusted directions.

4. Our wrapper knows all we need! All we need is the position and rotation of the drivers camera(s) and the position and rotation of the opoonents. This is content of the data we get from our wrapper. The rest we can initially read from the ASCII files as TORCS does!

To see an AC file, check out these tools. If you get a binary running on on Linux, check it into our repo! http://www.inivis.com/resources.html

Proposal

Lets write a separate C# programm able to read the ASCII files and move cameras in this world. Let's use our wrapper's partner at the C# side (the Dispatcher object) to send the cameras and opponents position and rotation to it. That's all we need.

More facts

TORCS does the simulation in the simuV2 or simuV3 library (dll/so). The rest is stuff: Reading files and calling the library (or unneeded like sound and display, things we can neglect.

Another Proposal

Instead hacking TORCS we should write a simple programm, calling the simuv2/v3 to get fast results. Later we can replace it by a own physics modell using the same interface.

Advantages

We will have a clear segregation of functions. The interfaces needed are known (let's do it as TORCS does for a version 1.0) We dont' have to write code dealing with different operation systems. All code can be written for mono. We are free to do all like it is best for us and our later objectives. We can use different modules parallel (i.e. our new physics (as dll/so) and the simuVx libraries) to compare the results. All later needed modules (extended motion planning, recorders, learning loops with random noise generators to simulate imperfect sensors etc.) will not have interfaces to TORCS. This means, we dont' have to write any line of code temporarily used.

Keith's thoughts

Setting aside graphics, torcs is race management / UI and physics / simulation.

We can attack each problems separately. We can plug in a new simulation engine we call from old torcs, or write new torcs calling old simulation engine.

However, we should have Ogre / Tao up and running before we re-write the management / UI portion. We need a C# solution for creating widgets and drawing text, etc. What format we store tracks and cars in is influenced by Ogre.