It Was a Good Day in Robotland

Posted 5 Nov 2007 at 22:41 UTC by steve Share This

That's what CMU's William L. Whittaker had to say about the DARPA Urban Challenge, where his Tartan team's robot, Boss, took first prize. Boss (PDF format) is based on a 2007 Chevy Tahoe and sports 10 Intel Core2Duo blades running at 2.16 GHz. It can maintain a speed of 30 MPH in autonomous mode. Stanford's Junior came in second. Taking third place was team Victor Tango of Virginia Tech with their robot, Odin. Other robots didn't do as well. The Oshkosh Terramax robot was stopped just in time to prevent a collision. The robot from the University of Central Florida collided with an abandoned building, MIT's robot collided with another robot entered by a German team. For more details see the official results, New York times coverage of the contest, a first hand account from the Automotive Design blog, and the many YouTube videos and flickr photos of the event.

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