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
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.
These teams all have video of the NQE 1 starting event
Cornell , http://dgc.cornell.edu/
Red Team , http://www.redteamracing.org/
Indy Robot has a good blog, http://www.indyrobotracing.com/blog
from rumors, it seems that "5 teams had nearly perfect runs" -indy
There should be quite a race next week,
IF you check Cornell's site you see a slightly out of date standings of
the race, "http://dgc.cornell.edu"
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
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: