Wednesday, October 05, 2005

The Grand Challenge NQE Finalists

DARPA has announced the finalists in the Grand Challenge. These teams will go on to compete in the race on October 8th. In alphabetical order:

Axion Racing (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Team Cajunbot (Lafayette, La.)
Team CalTech (Pasadena, Calif.)
CIMAR (Gainesville, Fla.)
Team Cornell (Ithaca, N.Y.)
Team DAD (Morgan Hill, Calif.)
Desert Buckeyes (Ohio State University, Columbus)
Team ENSCO (Springfield, Va.)
The Golem Group/UCLA (Los Angeles)
The Gray Team (Metairie, La.)
Insight Racing (Cary, N.C.)
Intelligent Vehicle Safety Systems I (Littleton, Colo.)
Mitre Meteorites (McLean, Va.)
MonsterMoto (Cedar Park, Tex.)
Mojavaton (Grand Junction, Colo.)
Princeton University (Princeton, N.J.)
Red Team (Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh)
Red Team Too (Carnegie-Mellon)
SciAutonics/Auburn Engineering (Thousand Oaks, Calif.)
Stanford Racing Team (Palo Alto, Calif.)
Team Terra Max (Oshkosh, Wis.)
Virginia Tech Team Rocky (Blacksburg, Va.)
Virginia Tech Grand Challenge Team.

Astute or anal-retentive readers will note that this is 23 teams, 3 more than originally suggested. I'm not sure if 3 are being given positions as alternates, or if there's merely some subtle change that I didn't hear about.

I think Stanford is the favored leader right now, judging by the statistics. It should be interesting to see how things happen once they get the 'bots out there in the real world.

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