‘Junior’ to compete in Urban Challenge

Stanford Junior simulation

Stanford University’s “Junior,” the successor to Stanley, will compete in November’s Urban Challenge, a city road race of artificial intelligence.  The car will do the driving, no one else.

Junior is still in the development phase, but the robot is already far ahead of its parent in terms of technology. (Stanford Racing Team plans to begin its testing phase in March.) Junior has to be smarter if it is to meet the stiff challenge of navigating city streets alongside other vehicles, including other robotic contestants and human-driven cars from DARPA.

Junior must have much more sophisticated sensors that can “see” the world in a 360-degree view and process that data in as close to real time as possible.

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