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Spectators’ Guide to the DARPA Urban Challenge (www.darpa.mil/grandchallenge)

The 2007 Urban Challenge is DARPA’s third autonomous robotic ground vehicle competition, and the program has created an entire community of team members, organizers, alumni, students and enthusiasts who have followed the event closely since the first one was held in 2004. This year’s competition promises to attract more spectators than ever, and the National Qualification Event and the Urban Challenge Final Event are both open to the public. All events take place at the former George Air Force Base on 18374 Phantom in Victorville, Calif. DARPA will provide a full range of resources on site to help event attendees make the most of their experience. There is no charge to attend.

Grandstands and access areas – Spectators will get an up-close view of the action in the grandstands located in the start/finish area and in designated access areas, and a public address announcer will keep viewers continually updated on the competition.

Jumbotron and Event Tent – During the final event on November 3, the Urban Challenge webcast will appear on a Jumbotron next to the bleachers and on plasma screens in the event tent.

Competition Webcast and Websites – The entire final event will be covered in a professionally hosted webcast starting at 6:30 AM PT on November 3 that will feature views of the competition from a variety of positions. Two event websites – www.darpa.mil/grandchallenge and www.grandchallenge.org will have regularly updated content on the competition and will serve as portals to the final event webcast.

Team and Sponsor Display Area – Several of the teams and their sponsors are planning exhibits and demonstration events in the sponsor area next to the start/finish line.

Comfort Facilities – Vendors will be on site to sell food and beverages to spectators. There also will be parking and restrooms on the grounds for spectators. There is no charge for parking.


Friday, 10/26 National Qualification Event (NQE) Opening Day
6:00 AM PT Grounds open to spectators
7:00 AM PT NQE Opening Ceremony
7:30 AM-12:00 PM PT Vehicle inspection and E-Stop testing
12:20-6:00 PM PT Practice area open

Sat. 10/27-Wed. 10/31 NQE continues
7:30 AM-6:00 PM PT Robot testing

Sat. 11/3 Urban Challenge Event
6:00 AM PT Grounds open to spectators
7:30 AM PT Opening ceremony, webcast begins
8:00 AM PT Urban Challenge Event begins
6:00 PM PT Event site closes down

Sun. 11/4 Team Recognition and Awards
10:00 AM PT Awards ceremony

DIRECTIONS TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LOGISTICS AIRPORT (SCLA)

From the North to SCLA

Travel I-5 South to SR-138 East
Take ramp to SR-14 South/SR-138/Antelope Valley Fwy East
Take ramp towards Palmdale Blvd/CA-138 East/Palmdale
Merge onto SR-138/W Palmdale Blvd
Turn LEFT onto road
Bear RIGHT onto SR-18/Pearblossom Hwy
Turn LEFT onto US-395
Turn RIGHT onto AIR EXPRESSWAY BLVD / AIR BASE ROAD.
Turn RIGHT at the light onto PHANTOM WEST
Follow the signs for EVENT PARKING


From the South to SCLA

Travel I-5 North/Escondido Fwy North
Bear RIGHT onto I-215/Escondido Expy North toward Riverside/I-215/San Bernardino
Take ramp RIGHT toward San Bernardino/Barstow/Main St/CA-91/Riverside/I-215 North/Beach Cities
Merge onto I-215/Riverside Fwy North
Bear LEFT onto I-15 N/Barstow Fwy North/Historic Route 66/Mojave Fwy
Take D STREET / CA-18 exit
Take the ramp toward ORO GRANDE / GEORGE AFB
At the bottom of the ramp turn LEFT onto NATIONAL TRAILS HWY / HISTORIC RT 66
Turn LEFT onto AIR EXPRESSWAY BLVD / AIR BASE ROAD
Turn RIGHT at the light onto PHANTOM WEST
Follow the signs for EVENT PARKING


From the East to SCLA

Travel I-40 West
Exit right towards Victorville/CA-18 East/Apple Valley (Exit 153A)
Merge onto SR-18/Historic Route 66/National Trails Hwy
Turn LEFT onto AIR EXPRESSWAY BLVD / AIR BASE ROAD
Turn RIGHT at the light onto PHANTOM WEST
Follow the signs for EVENT PARKING


From the South to SCLA

Travel I-10 East towards San Bernardino to I-605
Merge onto I-605/San Gabriel River Fwy North
Take I-210/Foothill Fwy East
Bear LEFT onto SR-210/Foothill Fwy East
Take I-15 toward San Diego/Barstow
Merge onto I-15/Ontario Fwy North
Take LEFT to I-15/Barstow Fwy North/Historic Route 66/Mojave Fwy
Take ramp RIGHT to US-395
Turn RIGHT (east) onto AIR EXPRESSWAY BLVD / AIR BASE ROAD
Turn RIGHT at the light onto PHANTOM WEST
Follow the signs for EVENT PARKING


SPECTATORS ATTENDING THE URBAN CHALLENGE MUST STAY IN DESIGNATED AREAS AND OBSERVE EVENT SAFETY REQUIREMENTS OR RISK EJECTION FROM THE GROUNDS.

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