The main focus of F1TENTH IV2023 CHAMPIONSHIP is an in-person competition with physical cars. Each team will bring their own F1TENTH car and write the software for their car. The teams have access to a detailed build manual and can use open-source software that helps them to get started with the car. The organizers provide the race setup (rules, submissions, guidelines), the track, and related infrastructure and organize the race itself.
For the competitions, teams first take part in a qualification in order to determine seeding. The teams need to demonstrate that they are able to compete in a time trial on the map without any obstacles as well as finish the laps without collision on the same map with obstacles that are unknown prior to run time. Afterward, the teams compete in a knockout phase in head-to-head racing in an intense battle with their autonomous driving algorithms. Since vehicles and hardware are standardized, teams must develop robust perception, planning, and control algorithms that can deal with the uncertainties of a new track and new competitors. The Championship phase pits competitors against each other on the same track.