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||Thousand Oaks, CA
||The SciAutonics / Auburn Engineering Team
resulted from the collaboration between SciAutonics LLC
and Auburn University when they worked together to enter
the RASCAL vehicle in the 2004 DARPA Grand Challenge.
The SciAutonics / Auburn Engineering team is
developing groundbreaking technology that will be
instrumental in helping to advance the exciting new
world of robotic ground vehicles. The team is composed
of scientists, engineers, and consultants of various
backgrounds, all with a desire to meet the challenge put
forth by DARPA using creativity and ingenuity.
The RASCAL (Robust Autonomous Sensor-Controlled
All-Terrain Land Vehicle,) vehicle is based on an ATV
off-road vehicle produced by ATV Corporation. RASCAL is
equipped with a continuously-variable transmission and 4
wheel drive. It can be driven manually, although the
driver's seat is replaced for autonomous driving by a
rack of computers.
RASCAL participated in the 2004 DARPA Grand Challenge
by driving autonomously for 0.75 miles, at which point
its run was thwarted by a failed computer hard drive.
Team plans for the 2005 Grand Challenge will focus on
improved sensor-based obstacle avoidance within the
vehicle path planner, along with improved vehicle speed,
driveability and reliability.
SciAutonics LLC was formed in May 2003 by employees
of the Thousand Oaks based Rockwell Scientific Company (RSC)
and external consultants for the main purpose of
participating in DARPA's Grand Challenge by creating,
developing, and racing a superior autonomous ground
vehicle. Auburn is the largest university in Alabama,
with an enrollment of approximately 22,000. Students
hail from all 50 states and nearly 100 foreign
|| Major sponsors include: Rockwell
Scientific Company, Auburn University, ATV Corporation,
Rockwell Collins, Rockwell Automation, and ESRI.
*This information is supplied by the team. DARPA does not verify team
descriptions or sponsor lists.