Alice takes on DARPA's Urban Challenge

CNET News.com reports on and posts photos of Caltech's entrant for the DARPA Urban Challenge.

Caltech enters Alice in the DARPA Urban Challenge.
Caltech enters Alice in the DARPA Urban Challenge. CNET Networks

CNET News.com reports on and posts photos of Caltech's entrant for the DARPA Urban Challenge. This Ford E-350 van, named Alice, is rigged with GPS, LIDAR, and other sensors, the data from which is processed by Caltech's custom programming. The goal for Alice is to negotiate an urban course designated by DARPA without a driver. This Urban Challenge is a new twist on DARPA 2005 Grand Challenge, which ran through the desert. In the Urban Challenge, cars will have to follow basic street rules, like staying in their lanes and obeying traffic signs and signals. The race will be run in Southern California, near Victorville, on November 3. We will offer full coverage of the qualifying events and the race as they happen.

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Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET. Prior to the Car Tech beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. He's also the author of "Vaporware," a novel that's available as a Nook e-book.

 

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