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Safely Programming Autonomous VI

The built-in array method that National Instruments use in LabVIEW for defining the steps in each autonomous sequence can result in program steps being hidden from view.

This is a safety hazard as it means that unexpected behaviour can occur very easily.

Please download and watch this video to see how you can check the arrays in your Autonomous VI to avoid this situation.

As an additional precaution, please ensure that the following comments are clearly visible at the top of the "Autonomous Independent.vi" for each project that you work on:

     ######################################################
    #                                                      #
    #   SAFETY NOTICE: MAKE SURE THAT EACH ARRAY ON THIS   #
    #   FRONT PANEL IS DISPLAYING A "GREYED OUT" (DEFAULT) #
    #   ELEMENT ON THE RIGHT                               #
    #                                                      #
     ######################################################

NOTE#1: any changes made here are not permanent until you have selected the modified array, right-click and select "Data Operations" > "Make Current Value Default"

NOTE#2: to add an extra "element" to one of the arrays simply select the array and drag the right side further to the right, a new element will be added to the end of the array. Alternatively, select an existing element then right click and select "Data Operations" > "Insert Element Before".

NOTE#3: to remove an element you must explicitly delete the element, DO NOT be tempted to just grab the end of the array and drag it to the left as all that does is limit what is visible on screen. To delete an element select it then right-click and select "Data Operations" > "Delete Element".

Because the software is under continuous development during the build season we can not rely on these comments or the above information video as a protection mechanism (the nature of LabVIEW is that the comments may well end up scrolled off the screen and there is no guarantee that future programmers will have seen the video!). To minimise the risk of unexpected behaviour you must define and implement a safety procedure for the robot that covers the development and testing phases of the project. This must include protocols for testing new code changes so that operators, testers and observers are protected from injury.