Taking a Ride in Carnegie Mellon's Driverless SUV

Race Day at Robot City

by Tom Imerito

It’s not often that a scientific trial exudes the festive tone of a carnival, but this one did.  On a scorching day in June, Carnegie Mellon University’s Tartan Racing Team, assembled at Robot City on the former site of LTV Steel on the banks of the Monongahela.  Today, the team’s driverless SUV, named Boss, would undergo qualification testing by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) for inclusion on the list of 36 elite competitors in this coming November’s $2 million Urban Challenge.  The Urban Challenge will be a simulated battlefield supply mission run at an urban military training facility in Victorville, California on November 3. [Continue Reading…]