23 Finalists Qualify for GC 2005 Race
The Grand Challenge 2005 week of grueling finals has weeded out all but
23 teams (not 20!) to
race! Only U.S. teams made it and all other countries have been
shut out. Each vehicle got 4 runs and of the 23 vehicles only 5 made it
through the entire finals course all 4 times. Those included
H1ghlander; a converted Humvee Sandstorm; a modified Volkswagen Touareg
by Stanford University; a six-wheel truck; and a Jeep Grand Cherokee all
probably favored of the 23 to win. The actual race will be held October
8th in the Mojave desert near Primm, Nevada. The course won't be
revealed until two hours before the event begins at 6:30am. The course
will include lake beds, narrow desert roads, tight turns, tunnels,
gateways and treacherous mountain passes. The team whose vehicle
traverses the entire course the fastest in under 10 hours will win the
$2 million prize.
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Too bad this won't be televised. I would really be interested in
seeing an all-weekend feed of this.
Yep, I'd love to watch this or even tag along with Steve to Robonexus.
We're so deprived aren't we Jeff? :-(
If you notice this. . . how are the RoboNexus attendees reacting to the
fact that the Grand Challenge is going on during the convention? Am I
safe in assuming that lots of people will be watching the web from the
showroom floor to glean news of the event as it happens?
Yes, I wish I could have gone to both Robonexus and the Grand Challenge.
I've been checking the live updates online. And the CMU Red Team has a
booth at Robonexus so we'll probably be getting updates there today too.
Stanley (Stanford Racing Team), Highlander (Red Team Too - CMU), and
Sandstorm (Red Team - CMU) have all completed the Grand Challenge course
as of 2:30PM PDT.
The flash player plugin doesn't always flush and renew data when you
click "refresh" like it should, so if you visited Grandchallenge.org before
Race-day, the status boards might still be disabled for you. If you're
having trouble getting the new info to show up, make sure you fully
clear your browser's cache and then reload the page. Then it should
The status board incorrectly continues to advance the time of each bot
after it crosses the finish line, so the times listed are not relevant
for the bots that have completed their runs. Stanley
came in first at about 7:30, with the other two arriving within the next
twenty minutes or so.
The status board also places completed robots at the bottom of
the distance ranking pile, and the map incorrectly displays them once
they'be transitioned across the finish line. It is almost as if the
programmer really didn't think that any of the bots would finish, and so
he didn't have to program for that eventuality.
I was hoping the webcast would be more of a video type realtime stream
presentation or at least video clips with some type of useful
information about the current status of the race. Oh well. From the grandchallange.org website it's
sort of hard to figure out what's really going on. It would be nice to
have some sort of info about how the eliminated bots got eliminated.
Well, at least it looks like someone will win the $2 mill! I know they
said if someone won that there would be no 2006 GC but I think it would
be interesting to see a new harder course for 2006 with another prize.
So far no winner has been declared in the GC 2005. Four robots crossed
the finish line with Stanford's Stanly robot crossing in apparently the
unofficial quickest time. The Grand Challenge website says
that operations will commence in the morning. Does that mean a winner
will be declared in the morning or will there be a run off on Sunday???
Stayed up..., posted 9 Oct 2005 at 11:11 UTC by marcin »
.. to watch the webcast (in Australia, the start time was 11:30PM) -
I'm used to late night events as I like to watch the European Formula
1 races live as well (normally start about 10:30PM here), but
unfortunately watching those green and red bars wasn't quite what I
expected from a 'webcast'. It could have been so cool.
Instead I got some programming done on Scaredy - while feeling
properly humbled compared to those fine machines out there in Nevada.
Why not transition it to another department?
Personally, I've love to see the DoT
take over for GC 2006.
Make it a cross-country road race with street legal vehicles. Wouldn't
that be awesome?
RoboRally, posted 10 Oct 2005 at 01:00 UTC by marcin »
The logical evolution ... WRRC - World Robot Rally Championship -
courses all over the world: sand, dirt, snow, ice and asphalt. For
added excitement - get all the cars to start at the same time. Maybe
also standardise on a chassis - I don't think TerraMax and Ghostrider
are really peers - somehting like a small Japanese hatch with AWD.
I'd come to watch.