8 May 2006 Nic   » (Master)

On May 1st DARPA announced their intention to hold a third Grand Challenge - the Urban Challenge. This race, unlike the others, will take place in an urban setting. In order to win a robot will be required to autonomously navigate traffic (obeying all traffic laws) and complete a 60-mile course in under 6 hours.

Although I have put The Xpeditor on the back burner for a while, I haven't become inactive. For the past few months I've been designing an electric car that I'm planning on building this summer and driving between home, my highschool, and the local community college next school year. I have come up with a couple revolutionary ideas that I believe will help make my car more practical than other electric cars available today. I'm even considering starting my own business building and selling electric cars.

As for now, I'm going to keep my goal of completing the electric car this summer, and then begin integrating The Xpeditor's autonomous vehicle technology into it. I believe the electric car will be a much better vehicle to use than the current chassis - it will be easier to control electronically and more structurally sound.

I will update http://www.craterfish.org/teamprodigies soon, and you will once again be able to follow my progress there! Let the fun begin...

Nic Hoza

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