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SciAutonics/Auburn Engineering
Vehicle Name RASCAL
Team E-mail
Location Thousand Oaks, CA
Team Description* 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 countries.

Sponsors* 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.

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