The national qualifying event (NQE) forDARPA’ s Urban Challenge started today in Victorville, CA. The Urban Challenge is the current incarnation of the DARPA Grand Challenge autonomous car competition. Unlike the previous challenge, which was an off-road race, the current challenge takes place on city streets with traffic. The Austin Robot Technology team (ART) made it to the NQE and is now trying to qualify for the finals, on Nov. 3. ART’s AI is being directed by UT Austin CS professor (and member of my thesis committee) Peter Stone, and AI development is being headed by my good friend and former labmate Pat Beeson. GO ART!
DARPA will be webcasting the finals, but unfortunately, I can’t find any sign of a scoreboard for the NQE which will be going on until Wednesday. Georgia Tech’s Sting Racing team is running a blog, though.