October 26 to November 3, 2007
Video: Tartan Racing wins DARPA Urban Challenge
DARPA has announced that Tartan Racing from Carnegie Mellon University has won the Urban Challenge race.
You can call it an elegant ballet of cars as the qualification runs for the DARPA Urban Challenge began. Robotic cars from 35 teams are driving themselves through three test areas trying to impress DARPA judges with their speed and obstacle avoidance skills.
At first glance the blue Volkswagen Passat looks like any other car, well if you excuse the spinning laser sensors, numerous corporate logos and a big white number “3” plastered on the driver side windshield. But the windshield obstruction isn’t a big deal because this car from Stanford University doesn’t need a driver and from what we’ve seen at the DARPA Urban Challenge qualifications in Victorville this week, the robotic car “Junior” performs just as well – if not better – than most human drivers we’ve seen.
It was a good run, but Team Gator Nation was eliminated from the DARPA Urban Challenge qualifications the same day its bot crashed into a concrete wall.
While the DARPA Urban Challenge race could be the first time robotic vehicles drive 60 miles through a simulated city environment, one of the contestants is reveling in another first.
Watch Caltech's jerky run through the qualification course.
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Video: Axion Racing’s bot collides into chase car at Urban Challenge