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Desert Buckeyes
Vehicle Name ION (Intelligent Off-road Navigator)
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Location Columbus, OH
Team Description* In the 2004 Grand Challenge, the Ohio State University, as part of Team TerraMax, developed both the sensing and the intelligence for TerraMax. Of the 106 applicants, it was one of only four vehicles that ran a perfect qualifying run, and on the actual Challenge route, went the 6th furthest in and impressed all with unique demonstrations of intelligent behavior. This year as the team Desert Buckeyes, we are outfitting an easily deployable, small and agile vehicle, durable for off-road applications. It is called ION (Intelligent Off-Road Navigator).

As in 2004, we will design and implement drive-by-wire capabilities, provide power, computation, and a suite of sensors. A new scanning radar system being developed by students and researchers at the OSU ElectroScience Lab will provide target classification. We also have a new partner in the vision area: University of Karlsruhe in Germany. The vehicle is being outfitted at the OSU Center of Automotive Research and Intelligent Transportation (CAR-IT). Our road tests will be done at the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty, Ohio.

We also have a class of undergraduate students participating through an ECE Design Course at OSU, and are developing and testing, on a smaller autonomous ground robot, new sensing and control ideas that are relevant to the Grand Challenge.

Sponsors* The Ohio State University, Transportation Research Center (TRC), and Honda-OSU Partnership.

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

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