Members of the Golem Group team candidly told us what cause their robot’s crash during a qualification run at the DARPA Urban Challenge. The “Golem 3” robotic Prius had been running qualification course A fairly smoothly until it froze up at a virtual stop sign. When the bot was started up again, it veered sharply to the left and crashed into a curb.
The Uruguayan government has become the first to place a mass order of "$100 laptops", purchasing 100,000 computers for children aged 6 to 12.
There are still two days left at the DARPA Urban Challenge qualifications, but officials are already eliminating teams because of poor performance. DARPA has just told us that six teams have been eliminated and will no longer participate in any more qualification runs. The eliminations will free up slots for the other more capable teams.
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. Bill Kehaly, team leader of Axion Racing, told us that he’s quite proud that his bot “Spirit” was the first robotic car to hit a human-driven car.
Victorville (CA) – Caltech, a powerhouse engineering university in Pasadena California, is going for DARPA gold at the Urban Challenge qualifications in Victorville California. The school's “ALICE” van is bristling with laser units and a very unique tilting and panning LIDAR unit that some have called the “all seeing eye”.
A North Carolina woman has been found guilty of wire fraud after authorities found out she exploited a costly glitch on home shopping site QVC.com.
Victorville (CA) – While crashes are probably the most spectacular things spectators and media have seen at the DARPA Urban Challenge qualification runs, smooth runs are equally amazing from an academic view. Golem Group’s Prius crashed on Sunday, but smoothly completed seven laps around Test Area A before the wreck.
Victorville (CA) – Sting Racing’s bot “Sting 1” had another scrape with a concrete wall at the DARPA Urban Challenge in Victorville California. The collision happened Sunday, one day after the robotic car spectacularly smashed into another concrete wall. Team members say the damage from Sunday's collission was very minor and that the sensors were still functional.
Hulu.com, a Youtube clone created jointly by NBC and Fox, has launched with a preview version today, allowing users to view legitimately posted clips of their TV shows.
Gaithersburg (MD) - Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a reliable way to create nanowires just a few nanometers in diameter. Previous efforts in growing nanowires commercially at this scale have met with significant limitations, especially when attempting to grow in a desired direction. But now, NIST researchers believe they have found one solution which has been shown to accurately connect nanoscopic circuits.
Victorville (CA) – This could be world’s first autonomous burnout and crash of a Toyota Prius. At the DARPA Urban Challenge qualifications in Victorville California today, the Golem Group's “Golem 3” bot ran most of its course smoothly, but after a computer glitch and code readjustment, it turned sharply left, burned out its tires and crashed into the curb. The crash hurtled the car over and flattened one tire.
So far the crashes at the DARPA Urban Challenge have been restricted between robots and concrete, but today we saw Axion Racing’s vehicle “Spirit” collide with a human-driven chase car. Fortunately the driver was unhurt, but the Ford Taurus he was driving wasn’t so lucky. The car now has a long gash and decent sized dent in the back-right quarter panel.
After several hours of work into the wee hours of the night, it appears that Sting Racing has largely fixed the damage caused during Saturday’s crash at the DARPA Urban Challenge qualifications. The team’s robotic car had rammed a concrete wall at approximately 24 MPH which warped the front bumper sensor frame upwards. We spoke with team leader and George Tech associate professor Tucker Balch about the repairs we also interviewed on video another team member Magnus Egerstedt.
The first day of qualifications isn’t even over yet and two robotic vehicles have already crashed.
Victorville (CA) – You can call it an elegant ballet of cars as the qualification runs for the DARPA Urban Challenge began today. Robotic cars from 35 teams will now be driving themselves through three test areas trying to impress DARPA judges with their speed and obstacle avoidance skills. Already several teams have completed their runs.
Manchester (England, England) - It seems the Brits have developed a glow-in-the-dark textile yarn which runs on batteries. The material is designed to be incorporated into jogger's clothes, cyclists, outdoor workers, and really anyone who has a need to be seen in the dark.
While many of the Urban Challenge teams are using big SUVs, the team from NC State and Insight Racing are using a very low-to-the-ground Lotus Elise. Bristling with lasers, cameras and of course a very good engine, the team hopes the car can speed itself to victory.
It’s dark and very early and it feels like I’ve already smoked a pack of cigarettes. The DARPA Urban Challenge qualification round has kicked off amid a host of raging fires burning around Southern California. Despite the horrible air quality, several hundred people showed up for the opening ceremonies led by Dr. Tony Tether of DARPA.
Raleigh (NC) - Scientists recently announced they have fired the most powerful antimatter beam ever created. Comprised of positrons (antimatter electrons) emitted from a large plate and focused into a beam, the emission strength exceeds the previous record held by a laboratory in Munich, Germany.