Rule 48 refers to touching an autonomous robot at a precise time. It is not about starting your robot from base. If you want to use your eyes to determine what programs to run, where to place your robot in base to start another mission, that is perfectly OK and well within the rules. Let's say your robot goes out to do a mission, but moves something unexpectedly, blocking a different mission that you want to accomplish on the next run. Your robot drivers recognize that the robot will not be able to run that program because of the new blockage. They can decide to run instead a backup program, perhaps solving a different mission. Or an alternative way of solving the same mission. No, your robot drivers are expected to use their eyes during the mission and make tactical decisions based on that information.
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