October 29, 2007

GM and Carnegie Mellon University enter self-driving Chevrolet Tahoe in DARPA Urban Challenge

Victorville, California – The Carnegie Mellon University Tartan Racing Team, sponsored by General Motors and other partner companies, has entered the qualifying rounds of the DARPA Urban Challenge, which features driverless vehicles that have to conquer a simulated mission in a mock urban environment.

The Urban Challenge was created by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to help accelerate technology development in military transportation. The Carnegie Mellon team has entered “Boss”, named for Charles F. “Boss” Kettering, GM inventor and founder of the automotive industry’s first research organization. Boss will vie with 35 teams to compete in the final event, which will be held November 3 in Victorville, California.

The Tahoe is equipped with computer controls for driving, and radar, lasers and cameras for driving assessment, with computer software replacing the human driver. The Urban Challenge is based more on performance than speed, with the robot vehicles navigating a 96 km course in an urban setting, complete with merging traffic, stop signs, speed limits and busy intersections.

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