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Stanford Racing Team
Vehicle Name Stanford Roadrunner
Team E-mail
Location Stanford, CA
Team Description* The Stanford Racing Team is Stanford University’s entry into the DARPA Grand Challenge. The team is largely composed of faculty and students from Stanford’s School of Engineering, under the leadership of Sebastian Thrun (Director of the Stanford Al Lab) and Michael Montemerlo (Research Associate in the Al Lab). The Stanford Racing Team is supported by a consortium of corporations and private donors located in the San Francisco Bay Area and elsewhere.

Our vehicle is called the “Stanford Roadrunner.” The Roadrunner is based on a stock, Diesel-powered Volkswagen Touareg R5, modified with full body skid plates and a reinforced front bumper. The vehicle is actuated via a drive-by-wire system developed by Volkswagen of America’s Electronic Research Lab. All processing takes place on seven Pentium M computers, powered by a battery-backed, electronically-controlled power system. The vehicle incorporates measurements from GPS, a 6DOF inertial measurement unit, and wheel speed for pose estimation. While moving, the environment is perceived through four laser range finders, a radar system, a stereo camera pair, and a monocular vision system. All sensors acquire environment data at rates between 10 and 100 Hertz. Map and pose information are incorporated at 10 Hz, enabling Roadrunner to avoid collisions with obstacles in real-time while advancing along the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge route.

The development of the Roadrunner system began in July 2004. At the time the of the initial team application, the vehicle is largely functional and has logged dozens of autonomous miles along the 2004 DARPA Grand Challenge course.

Sponsors* Please see our website for list of sponsors.

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

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