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Indiana Robotic Navigation
Vehicle Name Spirit of Christianity
Team E-mail hugh@indianaroboticnavigation.com
Website http://www.indianaroboticnavigation.com
Location Greenwood, IN
Team Description* Indiana Robotic Navigation is an organization created to win the DARPA Grand Challenge 2005. The development of a vehicle to challenge the boundaries of autonomous vehicular transport is the immediate short-range goal. Long-range plans call for the development of autonomous vehicle systems to support consumer, military, commercial, industrial applications, computerized control of a vehicle including navigation, obstacle avoidance, and route optimization. The heart of the technology is a multi computer architecture system running specialized code to create a navigation system directed by GPS.

Team leader, Hugh Meyer, is vice president of Meyer Material Handling Products in Indianapolis Indiana and has been working with automated storage and retrieval systems since the early 1980’s. A 1978 graduate of Purdue University, Meyer has always had an interest in mechanics and electronics. He says, “For as long as I can remember one of my dreams was to build a car that would drive you wherever you wanted to go. I am grateful to DARPA for presenting this challenge in such a creative way and I am very excited to be a part of this historic event.” “It is our hope this will be used by our troops to make dangerous situations safer. Our primary goal is to develop a useful, reliable and affordable autonomous vehicle to save our soldiers’ lives.”

Team members have been preparing a 1996 Ford Explorer to successfully navigate the 175 mile course through the Mojave Desert without any human control by using its on board navigation equipment and sensors. Indiana Robotic Navigation believes that Jesus is the Christ the son of the living God. We will strive to do everything we do to glorify our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that we have exceptional people, a wealth of experience, very diverse knowledge, and a unique approach that will create a winning machine.

Sponsors* Please see our website for a complete list of our sponsors.

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



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