Even after all my krappy problems with my car, it's refreshing to see this:
Good stuff, go VW.
PBS had a good show on this DARPA challenge a couple years ago.
The Stanford programming team really addresses all the challenges with smart software and "fuzzy logic" to get around these environments.
Hope PBS does another show on this round, urban driving is a lot more nerve-wracking than cruising the desert.
In the previous desert challenge, the teams had to account for negotiating very tight curves, hills, odd angles, and the computers had to "see" all of this and calculate the best approaches, etc.
Modified by Der Meister at 4:16 AM 11-7-2007
It is a bit silly for VW to take much credit for this. The Grand Challenges have been exercises in developing advanced sensor fusion and decision-making algorithms. I have been a small part of one team, that shall remain anonymous, that competed in the first one (it didn't do well ). The vehicle serves as a surrogate to carry all of this capability. Yeah, some vehicles are more convenient than others (size of interior, layout, capacity of cooling systems, and mpg), but otherwise they account little for the success of the effort. I love VWs, don't get me wrong, but Stanford's engineering team deserves all of the credit for doing well.
Quote, originally posted by from article » ...60 miles – merging with moving traffic, navigating traffic circles and busy intersections, avoiding obstacles and finding parking spots.
That's pretty impressive. I didn't think that anyone would have pulled this one off. This is different than the desert course... I think traffic circles, parking and moving cars are a challenge for most people, not to mention a computer with it's inherent limitations.
Originally Posted by Boyz in da Park
Although they did it in a Ford and not a VW, Virginia Tech finished 3rd after Carnegie Mellon and Stanford. However, the first and second place teams had not only large corporate sponsers, but also engineering mentors and advisers from those companies. VT's team was composed of only undergrad, grad, recent grads (from the first darpa team) and two professors.
Quote, originally posted by MUG318 » While Standford's Passat won the desert challenge, it came in second in the urban challenge. Not too shabby.
Carnegie Mellon University took first place!!! [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
I remember back when I was at CMU (mid-late 90s) there was a HEAVILY modified humvee 1 (complete with camo paint) driving by itself around campus.
Modified by verdugan at 12:12 PM 11-7-2007
Quote, originally posted by MrGTI » I'd love to see the video footage of it driving by itself. I've seen the Touareg, and it's so very cool.
shortly into it, the Passat goes througha 4-way, then rockets off....