DARPA Winner's Victory Lap To End At Smithsonian

The Volkswagen Touareg that was crowned as the first DARPA Grand Challenge winner in 2005 (the first challenge was in 2004, but no winners were crowned) is making a grand tour that will eventually lead the fully autonomous vehicle to the top dog of museums, the Smithsonian. The Touareg was nicknamed "Stanley" since… » 6/23/08 3:00pm 6/23/08 3:00pm

Robo-Cars Take Next Step, Standardized Communications With JAUS

After proving unmanned ground vehicles could do things all on their own in the DARPA Grand Challenge and then following up with the Urban Challenge it was time to start talking the same language. SAE has standardized the communications protocols for umanned vehicles and has given it a sexy name to boot — Joint… » 4/14/08 5:00pm 4/14/08 5:00pm

DARPA Robot Car Crashes Into Ford Taurus

Although the DARPA Grand Challenge has already declared a winner and we've even done a wrap-up post already — we felt the need to run this week-old video of the Axion "Spirit" racing vehicle taking a left turn directly into one of the human-driven Ford Taurus chase vehicles. Yes, This may be our first non-human Hoon… » 11/06/07 10:00am 11/06/07 10:00am

Terramax Prepares for Driverless Takeoff

The Oshkosh TerraMax unmanned truck hasn't quite rocked the DARPA Grand Challenge in the past, so the company has a lot to prove this year in Victorville, California, where the grand spectacle of mecha robots takes place later this month (we'll be there). That means the company has a lot to prove, considering it wants… » 10/03/07 1:00pm 10/03/07 1:00pm

Stanford Takes the Message to the Streets, DARPA-Style

One may recall Stanley, the robo-Touareg that won the 2nd DARPA Grand Challenge. Well, now the boffins in Paly are working a successor to the SUV, based on a Passat known as Junior. Junior's designed to navigate an urban environment, rather than a desert off-road course. DARPA plans to announce the location of the… » 2/19/07 12:45pm 2/19/07 12:45pm

DARPA Robo-Car Challenge Decides Not To Listen To Mom — Will Play In Traffic

We bet DARPA's mom is super upset with them, cause yesterday they decided the next Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Car Challenge is gettin' a taste of city life. After four vehicles finished the 142-mil3 desert course without human intervention last year, the third Grand Challenge will take place in a mock » 5/02/06 1:24pm 5/02/06 1:24pm

PBS's "Nova" to Feature DARPA Grand Challenge Tonight

Prop-heads set your Tivos on stun. PBS's "Nova" tonight will feature a look at last October's DARPA Grand Challenge autonomous vehicle race, on a episode it calls "The Great Robot Race." The program will follow contestants in the lead-up to the race followed by the competition, in which a Volkswagen Touareg named… » 3/28/06 10:10am 3/28/06 10:10am