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Team CajunBot
Vehicle Name CajunBot
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Location Lafayette, LA
Team Description* Team CajunBot returns to the DARPA Grand Challenge in 2005 to build upon their success in the 2004 edition of the Grand Challenge. This year’s entry introduces an enhanced version of the CajunBot autonomous vehicle that includes improved steering control, enhanced navigation systems, and many software enhancements.

The Team:
The brains behind the machine - a volunteer team of professors, students and staff from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and professionals from the community working together to enhance and improve CajunBot.

The Vehicle:
A MAX 6-wheel amphibious all-terrain vehicle with a 25 hp twin-cylinder engine. Fuel capacity of 35 gallons. Top speed 30+ mph. Total weight 1,200 lbs.

The Electronics:
CajunBot is currently controlled by 2 high-speed AMD computers with a distributed memory system, several microcontrollers, and many custom circuits. A 2-kilowatt electric generator supplies the electrical power.

The Sensors:
Two scanning laser systems, three Doppler radars, and sonar help detect obstacles. C-Nay differential GPS and an Oxford inertial navigation sensor provide exact location information.

The Software:
Custom software developed by Team CajunBot does everything from object detection to path planning. Advanced Artificial Intelligence (Al) software developed at University of Louisiana at Lafayette allows CajunBot to pick the shortest path while avoiding obstacles.

Sponsors* The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, C & C Technologies, Lafayette Motors, and MedExpress.

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

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