Robocar Rematch

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Posted April 1, 2008 - By Frank Meyer

The robotic cars from 2007’s DARPA Urban Grand Challenge autonomous car race will stage a rematch at the Toyota Grand Prix in Long Beach, Calif., later this month.

And this time it’s personal…

"Boss," a rugged, bold Chevy Tahoe from Carnegie Mellon University and winner of the $2 million Urban Grand Challenge, will compete yet again against "Junior," the affable robotic Volkswagen Passat from Stanford University that took second place. The two teams, which have a long, heated rivalry, will also face off against "Ben," a Toyota Prius from the University of Pennsylvania and Lehigh University with a heart of gold and penchant for love. Ben finished sixth in the urban challenge, but first in our hearts.

Although the Urban Challenge tested the robo-contestant's performance by speed and driving skills, in this year’s the Robotic Grand Prix the three teams will be judged by how fast they can drive one lap of the 1.97-mile track. Of course, they'll have to stay on the track.

The Robotic Grand Prix will take place on April 20 and will be part of the "Green Power Prix-View," which features futuristic alternative-energy vehicles.

News.com: Robotic cars take their rematch to the track

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Robocar Rematch


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