Boss - The Big PC Bot
Tuesday, 06 November 2007

I thought I'd point out the website for the Tartan Racing team from Carnegie Mellon University which won the DARPA Urban Challenge at the weekend with their vehicle called Boss.

There's an interesting page on the technology used, including this quick spec document (PDF - 2.96Mb). Boss is a Chevy Tahoe carrying lots of nice gear including eight SICK LMS291 laser scanners - similar to the the SICK PLS I have on my 914, as well as ten Intel Core2Duo blades each running at 2.16Ghz, which really makes Boss a large scale PC Bot. I expect that most of the other contestants use similar technology, but it's good to see that off-the-shelf, practically commodity hardware, has been used.

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