Self-driving vehicle already negotiating some city streets

Boss, the self-driving SUV of Carnegie Mellon University’s Tartan Racing team, can already negotiate some city streets and intersections. And after two months of testing in Arizona, Boss is beginning to master another challenging environment — the parking lot.

Finding a spot, parking legally and then leaving the lot without a fender bender is a task Boss will need to perform this fall in the Urban Challenge, a 60-mile competition for autonomous vehicles sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).  

The vehicle is learning how to cope with stop-and-go traffic and to pass stopped vehicles, in preparation for the Nov. 3 Urban Challenge.

Robots are expected to compete simultaneously in a rally race format on the same course. The urban course is likely to have several segments with intermediate pit stops, but details are not yet known. The best overall time for the day takes a $2 million prize. DARPA will announce details about the format, location and semifinalists Aug. 10.

More info:  Technology News Daily

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