|Presentation Date||October 9, 2012|
|Topic(s)||DARPA urban challenge|
The DARPA Urban Challenge
The DARPA Urban Challenge was an autonomous ground vehicle competition. The challenge was for teams to create a car capable of navigating its way through a course while obeying California's traffic laws. In 2007, 35 teams were invited to participate in the DARPA Urban Challenge qualifier. Eleven of these teams went on to compete in the actual competition. One eventually won.
The Carnegie Mellon team, Tartan Racing, took first place at the DARPA Urban Challenge. I will be describing their car's navigation system and several of the approaches they took to deal with the challenges of driving, including navigating the road and obeying traffic signals and signs.
This article details how the Carnegie Mellon team, who eventually won the competition, approached the challenge. http://www.aaai.org/ojs/index.php/aimagazine/article/view/2238/2088
This is a general overview of the competition. http://archive.darpa.mil/grandchallenge/
This is a news article about the winning team and explains why they won. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/11/071105230951.htm
These are the rules of the competition. http://archive.darpa.mil/grandchallenge/docs/Urban_Challenge_Rules_102707.pdf