This team, headed by two brothers, has developed a spinning, 64-laser array that finds the road even in fog and darkness
By Elizabeth SvobodaPosted 10.05.2005 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
In this, the second of a series, Popular Science profiles one of the favored teams competing to win the Darpa Grand Challenge autonomous-vehicle race, which will take place on Saturday, October 8, near Primm, Nevada. Today we look at Team DAD's Toyota truck, equipped with an innovative laser-based navigation system. Stay tuned to popsci.com for more previews throughout the week and for minute-by-minute videos and updates on race day.
Team DAD (Digital Auto Drive)
In a field of teams using off-the-shelf tech, one delivered true innovation.
By Michael MoyerPosted 06.04.2004 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
DARPA ultimately cares little about the fate of civilian robots in the Mojave Desert. Yet it cares very much about the development of new robot technology, technology that will enable unmanned vehicles to autonomously monitor their surroundings, avoid boulders and potholes, and race to targets. By those criteria, the race did have a winner: Digital Auto Drive of Morgan Hill, California, which developed an innovative new robot vision system that, team leaders claim, nearly won them the race.