Carnegie Mellon University’s Tartan Racing Team, sponsored by Continental Automotive Systems, won the 2007 Defense Advance Research Project Agency (DARPA) Urban Challenge and the $2 million first place prize in the autonomous vehicle competition.
The 2007 Urban Challenge represents the first time that non-driver vehicles traversed suburban roads at speed with real traffic represented by 50 moving sedans with human drivers and the 11 race finalists in robot-on-robot competition.
The autonomous vehicles in the DARPA Urban Challenge were made to navigate, park, and handle traffic on a 60-mile urban course within a six-hour time limit. The automatic cars operated without human guidance and relied only on sensors and computers.
The also had to obey traffic laws, merge into moving traffic, avoid obstacles, and negotiate intersections. In addition to the $2 million first prize, $1 million and $500,000 were awarded to the second-and third-place finishers, respectively.
The Continental environmental sensors performed flawlessly and helped Tartan Racing’s autonomous vehicle see the roadway to triumph, moving intelligent vehicle technology forward.
Continental provided to Tartan Racing an array of advanced active safety radar and lidar sensors that help vehicles anticipate trouble before it happens, as well as its General brand Grabber UHP tires with Contiseal.