DARPA's robotic race program, the DARPA Grand Challenge, gears up tomorrow in Fontana in a national qualification event. The qualifier is a lead into the DARPA Grand Challenge, set for October 8, and pits robotic ground vehicles in a race to navigate, unaided, 150 miles through the desert. The event promises a $2M price to the team that is able to complete the challenge, designed to advance automonous robotic vehicle technology. Tomorrow's qualifier event will whittle down a field of forty three teams to twenty finalists, who will complete at the final event on October 8th. The teams participating this year in the qualifiers include a large number of Southern California teams, including a team from Caltech, Thousand Oaks-based SciAutonics, a team from Palos Verdes High School, Westlake Village-based Axion Racing, Automous Vehicle Systems out of San Diego, a team out of San Juan Capistrano named the CyberRiders, Team AION from Carlsbad, Team Banzai from Irvine, and many others.
Top NewsTuesday, September 27, 2005
DARPA Grand Challenge Qualifiers Set For Tomorrow