Sunday, November 4, 2007

Carnegie Mellon Tartan Racing Wins $2 Million DARPA Urban Challenge

I just read the press release that CMU won this year's DARPA Challenge. Congratulations to the Tartan Racing Team!

A self-driving SUV called Boss made history by driving swiftly and safely while sharing the road with human drivers and other robots. The feat earned Carnegie Mellon University's Tartan Racing first place in the DARPA Urban Challenge. Officials of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) today declared Boss the winner of Saturday's event, which pitted 11 autonomous vehicles against each other on a course of suburban/urban roadways. The first place prize includes a $2 million cash award.

Having worked at CMU in the past I've occasionally been behind some very strange looking sensor-laden vehicles while waiting at a traffic light on my way home from work. I'm proud to share my city with such brilliant folk. Now what can you guys do about traffic on the parkway? :-)

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