DARPA chooses Urban Challenge competitors

August 9 2007

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected 36 teams as semi-finalists for its Urban Challenge National Qualification Event (NQE) scheduled for Oct. 26-31 at the former George Air Force Base in Victorville Calif.
Urban Challenge is the third in a series of DARPA-sponsored tests. Each has the stated goal of developing unmanned ground vehicles as a means of saving lives on the battlefield. During the NQE robotic vehicles will simulate military supply missions negotiating a complex road network within a six-hour time limit.
The top 20 teams from the NQE will move on to the Urban Challenge final event on Nov. 3 and compete for cash prizes worth $2 million for first place $1 million for second and $500 000 for third.
At the NQE and during the final event the robots will be required to operate without human intervention while obeying traffic laws. They must also merge into moving traffic navigate traffic circles and avoid moving obstacles. Tony Tether DARPA’s director said “the vehicles must perform as well as someone with a California driver’s license.”
According to DARPA the Victorville site was chosen because its roads best simulate the type of terrain U.S. forces operate in when deployed overseas. The Army now uses the site for urban warfare operations.
The semi-finalists selected to participate in the NQE are:

Austin Robot Technology Austin Texas
AvantGuardium Bethesda Md.
Axion Racing Westlake Village Calif.
Ben Franklin Racing Team Philadelphia Pa.
CarOLO New York N.Y.
Gator Nation Gainesville Fla.
Golem Group Santa Monica Calif.
Insight Racing Cary N.C.
Intelligent Vehicle Systems Dearborn Mich.
MIT Cambridge Mass.
Mojavaton Grand Junction Colo.
Ody-Era Kokomo Ind.<
OSU-ACT Columbus Ohio
Princeton University Princeton N.J.
SciAutonics/Auburn Engineering Thousand Oaks Calif.
Stanford Racing Team Stanford Calif.
Sting Racing Atlanta Ga.
Tartan Racing Pittsburgh Pa.
Team AnnieWay Palo Alto Calif.
Team Autonomous Solutions Petersboro Utah
Team Berlin Houston Texas
Team CajunBot Lafayette La.
Team Caltech Pasadena Calif.
Team Case Cleveland Ohio<
Team Cornell Ithaca N.Y.
Team Cybernet Ann Arbor Mich.
Team Gray Metairie La.
Team Jefferson Crozet Va.
Team Juggernaught Sandy Utah<
Team-LUX Woodstock Md.
Team Oshkosh Truck Oshkosh Wis.
Team UCF Orlando Fla.
Team Urbanator Littleton Colo.
University of Utah Salt Lake City Utah
UU Westminster Md.
VictorTango Blacksburg Va.

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August 9 2007

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