This results of this year's DARPA Grand Challenge robotic (sorry, autonomous) vehicles derby were far different from last year's. For one, an entrant actually finished the course. For two, though most entrants still couldn't figure out how to turn their sensors and algorithms into directional prowess, at least four entrants had finished the course by Sunday morning. The winner was "Stanley," Stanford's autonomous Volkswagen Toureg, which edged out two, Hummer-based competitors from Carnegie Mellon University's Red Team and an entry from the Gray Team. A full report is expected later today.
Rat Fink Goes DARPA: The A.I. Motorvators Team; Inside VW's Hush-Hush SiliValley Facility; Riderless Motorcycle to Compete in DARPA Challenge; Stanley the Touareg Aces First Round of DARPA Grand Challenge; Red Team Too Scores Pole in DARPA Challenge [internal]