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Victorville (CA) – DARPA has just announced that Tartan Racing from Carnegie Mellon University has won the Urban Challenge race. Stanford Racing and Victor Tango finished second and third respectively. The top three teams get $2 million, $1 million and $500,000 in prize money each and will undoubtedly receive numerous job offers in the coming months.
Victorville (CA) – DARPA URBAN CHALLENGE RACE BLOG
Videos, pictures and articles covering the Urban Challenge Qualifications
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Stanford, Tartan Racing and Victor Tango have finished (in that order) the Urban Challenge race. DARPA officials warn that the final results won't be known until tomorrow as the judges have to assess time penalties for traffic infractions.
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Victorville (CA) – With the DARPA Urban Challenge race just a few hours away, some teams are still patching together their cars for a potential destruction derby with other robotic vehicles. Using pieces of cardboard, a pair of house fans and a lot of creativity, the Ben Franklin Racing Team from the Pennsylvania thinks they are ready to take on the competition’s more well-funded competitors. Team member Jonathan Bohren told us some of the “low tech” secrets that the team used in their robotic Toyota Prius.
Chicago (IL) – Scientists from the University of Washington and the TU Darmstadt, Germany, believe that vacation pictures posted on sites such as Flickr could become the foundation for a new effort that aims to create a realistic 3D model of Rom, Italy.
DARPA’s top dog warns the media that the robotic vehicles in tomorrow’s Urban Challenge race will be unpredictable and will quickly get “random”. “We really don’t know what they’re going to do,” said Dr. Tony Tether, but he assures everyone that safety will be the number one priority for both spectators and the crazy stunt car drivers who will get in the way of the robots.
Victorville (CA) – We know we’ve flooded you with video from the DARPA Urban Challenge qualifications so here’s a picture gallery of many of the bots in action. Of course, we just have to include DARPA’s highlight video of all the interesting events from the past week.
Pictures from the Urban Challenge qualifications ...
DARPA officials took a chainsaw to the remaining list of Urban Challenge contestants and are allowing only 11 teams into this Saturday’s race. Dr. Tony Tether, the head of DARPA, said the decision was based mainly on safety and whether the robots would impede other vehicles from reaching their destination. He added that Tartan Racing’s “Boss” bot performed the best during the qualifications.
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Victorville (CA) – While some Urban Challenge teams are just happy to be in the final race this Saturday, Team Gray from Louisiana is already looking into commercial and military applications for its proprietary blue “bot in a box” device. According to team member Paul Trepagnier, the self-contained, rack-mountable, unit provides most of the software and hardware needed for autonomous vehicle operations.
Stanford Racing passed the qualification round and cemented a position in Saturday’s Urban Challenge race thanks to a very smooth and – as some would say – “boring” qualification run on Tuesday. The team’s bot “Junior” methodically, quickly and smoothly made its laps around the track and easily avoided all the human driven chase cars.
Victorville (CA) – It seems like Caltech’s ALICE bot has a liking for human-driven chase cars at the DARPA Urban Challenge qualifications. During one qualification run, the robotic minivan repeatedly went out of its assigned lane and veered towards the chase cars. One of the human drivers even screeched his tires to get out of the way.
Caltech was eliminated from the Urban Challenge qualifications yesterday.
DARPA officials have just eliminated six more teams from any further qualification runs and the Urban Challenge race itself. The eliminated teams are 1. Caltech 2. Mojavaton 3. Team Jefferson 4. Team Urbanator 5. Gator Nation 6. Team Juggernaut.
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. The robotic Toyota Highlander drove out of the starting chute on Course B and just went straight into a “K-Rail” barrier. Unfortunately, we arrived a few seconds too late, but our cameras captured the damage done to the bot.