Grand Challenge 2005 Trials Under Way

Posted 29 Sep 2005 at 15:47 UTC by The Swirling Brain Share This

The Grand Challenge Trials began yesterday. Of the nearly 200 applicants only 43 contestants remain and are all vying for one of the 20 spots in DARPA's Grand Challenge autonomous vehicles race. The race will begin October 8th following this week of trials. During this week of finals, over half of the remaining contestants will be weeded out. Of the 16 participants that tried yesterday, only 7 completed. Robotic cars have to follow a preselected trial course heeding speed limits and even going through a 100 foot tunnel designed to knock out those that rely only on GPS. Some ran the course in 20 minutes, others in 10 minutes, and others made it but sideswiped a few things, others didn't make it at all. After this week of the long grueling trial course, the 20 finalists will be announced.

Team Videos of NQE 1, posted 30 Sep 2005 at 03:12 UTC by lynca » (Journeyer)

These teams all have video of the NQE 1 starting event

Cornell ,

Red Team ,

Indy Robot has a good blog,

from rumors, it seems that "5 teams had nearly perfect runs" -indy

There should be quite a race next week,

~Andrew Lynch

More Videos of Qual 2, posted 1 Oct 2005 at 03:13 UTC by lynca » (Journeyer)

IF you check Cornell's site you see a slightly out of date standings of the race, ""

You can also visit the Grand challenge, but they don't have many blogs posted, I only saw VT , Palos Verdes and Princeton, they were all having problems but there is still hope !

Caltech and Stanford posted cool videos, Caltech's hay bale run was by far the day's best !!!

To see all the teams, look through Red Team's photos for a good screenshot of the teams

~Andrew Lynch

CarTV Videos of Race - Some Excellent Footage, posted 3 Oct 2005 at 22:06 UTC by Nelson » (Journeyer)

One of the few media outlets that has been covering the DARPA Grand Challenge as been CarTV. The have posted some superb footage on their website and will be adding more: video/action/showvideo/vid/e_0145/vcat/Event/

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