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.
Compared to other robotic cars at the Urban Challenge, the Golem Group bot is quite simple. It uses just one Velodyne spinning laser sensor and a single motherboard computer in the glove box. Other teams have cars bristling with lasers, radar and cameras along with dozens of computer systems.