Grand Challenge Results!
October 9, 2005 -- Today Stanley and the Stanford Racing Team were awarded 2 million dollars for being the first team to complete the 132 mile DARPA Grand Challenge course. Stanley finished in just under 6 hours 54 minutes and averaged over 19 miles per hours on the course.
The teams that finished, together with their times are:
|Stanford Racing Team||6 hr 53 min|
|Red Team||7 hr 4 min|
|Red Team too||7 hr 14 min|
|Grey Team||7 hr 30 min|
|Team Terramax||12 hr 51 min|
The team my son was rooting for (and me too as his dad), Monstermoto, did not finish and was way down at the bottom. It was a really cool all-terrain vehicle with sinister-looking headlights and an appealing video scored with really cheerful music. Poor Monstermoto.
The Independent reacts with a mixture of wonder and dread at the race results.
Not so long ago, the notion of cars driving themselves seemed no more than science fiction. This weekend, it took a giant stride towards becoming reality as a handful of robotically controlled vehicles completed a 132-mile obstacle course around the Mojave desert. ... To some people, the development of robot fighters suggests a future not unlike the one imagined in the Terminator movies - where highly sophisticated machines are turned into merciless killers unburdened by considerations of conscience or their mortality.