Grand Challenge Seems A Lot More Grand This Year
from the making-it-all-the-way dept
After last year's results, it looked like it might be quite some time before DARPA found a winner for their Grand Challenge to see if an autonomous vehicle could safely make it across a desert full of obstacles. However, just a year and a half after the "best" one of these vehicles could do was a little over 7 miles, 5 vehicles successfully completed the 132-mile course (four of them within the 10-hour limit). That's a pretty impressive improvement rate. And, of course, we're happy to note our own connection to the winning team: the Stanford team used a customized VW Toureg which they worked on with assistance from the Electronics Research Lab at Volkswagen. The VW ERL is one of the happy customers of our Techdirt Corporate Intelligence offering, where we provide them information about important technologies -- some of which we hope was useful on this particular project.