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A.I. Motorvators
Vehicle Name "IT"... Came from the Garage
Team E-mail
Location Los Angeles, CA
Team Description*

The A.I. Motorvators are a Southern California based team of engineers, racers, and hot-rodders turning automotive race know-how and programming savvy into advanced vehicle technology.  "We're carrying on the tradition of taking automotive technology to the limit; we see it as 21st century hod-rodding" said team leader Chris Pedersen.  "We are proud to be able to contribute something that might save lives."  The team began in 2003.  In addition to Pedersen, team members include:  Steve Piorek, Richard Bellamy, Gunnar Ristroph, Hans Scholze, Catherine Huybrechts,  and Joseph Newman.

"We were one of the 22 teams invited to the QID last year, and based on what we learned, we expect to be extremely competitive in 2005."  Since the 2004 event, the A.I. Motorvators have been hard at work on their rugged, visually striking, V-8 powered robot named "IT...Came from the garage."  Although the name speaks volumes about the small, self-funded team's grass roots effort, the machine fully meets DARPA's requirement to travel on its own with no human assistance over the course's rugged terrain.  "We've already begun fully autonomous testing in the Mojave Desert, and within a matter of months we hope to complete last years course entirely."

As part of its vehicle development efforts for the 2005 Grand Challenge, A.I. Motorvators seek support from sponsors interested in the widespread media attention that the event continues to attract. 

Sponsors* Digital Globe, Radarsat International, Bendy Music, Trimble Agricultural Division, and Omnistar.

*This information is supplied by the team.  DARPA does not verify team descriptions or sponsor lists.

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