TodayApril 16, 2022

Four robots start the DARPA urban challenge

Eleven teams qualified for the final day of the urban challenge.

Watch as the last four teams take off out of the starting block.

The information was supplied from each team, via Darpas website.

XAV-250 #15

Troy, MI “ Dearborn, MI “ Minneapolis, MN

Honeywell Intelligent Vehicle Systems

The Intelligent Vehicle Systems (IVS) team is a collaboration among a wide array of technical experts in vehicle platforms, navigation, path planning, sensors, perception, and intelligent autonomous control for ground vehicles.  The team is composed of employees from Delphi, Ford and Honeywell, members of the 2005 DGC IVST team which fielded the autonomous Ford F-250 dubbed the “Desert Tortoise”.  Representing three major American industrial sectors “ electronics, automotive and aerospace, and having a common goal of creating safe and robust intelligent vehicle systems for production-intent commercial and military applications, IVS is ideally poised to contribute to the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge.


Karlsruhe, Germany

Team Annie Way

Team AnnieWay is a spin-off of the Collaborative Research Center on Cognitive Automobiles, started January 1st 2006 by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The University of Karlsruhe, the TU Munich, the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (IITB in Karlsruhe), as well as the Universitaet der Bundeswehr Munich are working together in this research center; members of the racing team are comprised of associates from this research center. Current team members are professionals in the fields of image processing, 3d perception, knowledge representation, reasoning, real time system design, driver assistance systems, and autonomous driving.

Some of the current team members were part of last year’s team “Desert Buckeyes.” These members developed the 3d vision system for the Intelligent Offroad Navigator that travelled succesfully 29 miles through the desert during the Grand Challenge 05.


Braunschweig, Germany


The technical CarOLO team is made up by members of five Institutes of the Braunschweig University of Technology supported and sponsored by a consortium of the German industry. As a newcomer in the Grand Challenge, the members are motivated to give their very best. All development and testing is done in Germany using the expertising knowledge and skills of faculty students and employees of the University.

Sending our car “Caroline”, a Volkswagen Passat Modelyear 2006, into the “battle”, we are sure that the use of best German engineering and recent efforts in autonomous vehicle projects demonstrate our abilities and will enable us to reach the top ranks in the Urban challenge. We are proud to be guests in the US, to be able to compete in friendship in the Challenge, to learn from competitors and to show our capabilities.


Pittsburgh, PA

Tartan Racing

Carnegie Mellon University, General Motors Corporation, Caterpillar, Continental and others have allied as Tartan Racing to tackle the Urban Challenge. General Motors, the world’s largest automaker, is aboard for the future of driver safety. CAT, the world’s largest equipment producer, is committed to the future of worksite automation. CMU is driven to push the technical limit’s of driverless machines. Other sponsors include Google, Applanix, Intel, Vector CANTech, Tele Atlas, NetApp, IBEO, Mobileye, CarSim, HP, M/A-COM, and Clean Power Resources.
We are seeking additional allies and sponsors. Tartan Racing has attracted and united the best and brightest from these organizations.
Dr. William “Red” Whittaker leads the team.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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