Robot car to tackle city streets - Stanford Racing Team has big plans for 2007 Grand Challenge

"Look, Ma, no humans. Such is the rallying cry of the Stanford Racing Team, composed of nearly forty Stanford faculty, researchers and graduate students. The team has been in collaboration with Volkswagen’s Silicon Valley lab to try to win the 2007 Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Grand Challenge, seeking a car that can navigate a simulated urban environment for sixty miles in less than six hours, without any human guidance. To win the $2 million prize money, the Stanford team must do all this while finishing first in what will likely be a field of more than thirty teams. ... 'I don’t think cars will become autonomous instantly,' [Michael] Montemerlo said, pointing to 'smart' anti-lock brakes that are already in cars. 'You should think of that car as being just a tiny bit autonomous. Cars are going to have more and more of these adaptive systems and one day you’ll wake up, and you’ll have a car that’s able to drive itself.'"

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