UCF students participating in DARPA challenge:..

Image hosted by Photobucket.comLast year in the Mojave Desert unmanned vehicles attempted to win the $1M grand prize of the DARPA Grand Challenge. Engineering and computer science students from MIT, CalTech, Virginia Tech, and even the University of Florida all entered into the robotic battle. Some teams even sunk more money into their creations than what the prize was worth. It was prestige they were after though, not fiduciary gain. Unfortunately, things didn’t turn out so well. Not a single team finished, in fact the furthest any team made it was seven miles.

This year local students from UCF’s school of engineering are cometing in the competition using a modified Subaru nicknamed Knight Rider. This year’s prize is $2M and will go to team that finishes the 175 mile course the fastest. It will be interesting to see how well they fare against teams that had virtually unlimited budgets and resources that their disposal, some spending upwards of $3M dollars. The UCF team investment, $100K and a lot of faith I imagine. I hope they do well though, it’d be cool to see them beat out the robotic heavyweights like CalTech. If anything, let’s just hope they beat out UF’s NaviGATOR entry.

Team UCF: Knight Rider (their actual team homepage isn’t working for some reason)

Article: Orlando Sentinel

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