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ExtremeTech: PC-Powered Buggy, Motorcycle Compete In DARPA Challenge

Mar 11, 2004, 13:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Hachman)

"Designing a car to pilot itself across the desert from Barstow, CA to Las Vegas is hard enough. Now try doing it with only two wheels. Or barely four.

"Among the twenty-five teams competing in the DARPA Grand Challenge autonomous vehicle race next week is 'The Blue Team,' a collection of U.C. Berkeley engineering students entering a motorcycle, and Team LoGHIQ, a self-funded family team with graduates from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

"The Grand Challenge is the brainstorm of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the R&D arm of the Department of Defense. After passing a preliminary test run next week, the vehicles will be asked to navigate roughly 250 miles of untracked desert by themselves. The human members of the team will be permitted to watch, but not control, the cars, following a limited time to program geographic data into the onboard computers..."

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