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||The Blue Team is made up of students from
UC Berkeley and Texas A&M. We developed the world’s
first autonomous motorcycle for the first Grand
Challenge event in March of 2004. This ambitious goal is
meant to give rise to a new and unique robotics platform
with substantial mobility advantages.
From the day following the first Grand Challenge,
members of the Blue team have been working non-stop on
perfecting the stability control. From the lessons
learned the previous year, we are developing specialized
electronic equipment to facilitate the integration of
components in a robotic vehicle. Currently, several
other Grand Challenge teams are using components
developed by the Blue Team to make their building and
testing of their race vehicle cheaper, faster and
Our innovative vehicle could not have been feasible
without equipment and funding from our sponsors
including in particular AMD, Agilent, Crossbow, Dalsa,
DRS, HD Systems and Raytheon. Recognition of our efforts
has been evidenced by the amount of press we received.
We “successfully realized an ingenious software system
that could keep the bike moving forward.” [Popular
Science — June, p.86] Additionally, our team leader
Anthony Levandowski was nominated for and won T&M
world’s Test Engineer of The Year 2005 award.
The Blue Team’s efforts will also lead to a robotic
platform that can be used to test components of a
motorcycle in extreme conditions such as crashes. The
absolute repeatability of the platform can be used to
more quickly and precisely tune suspension, braking,
steering response, and traction of a vehicle without
endangering a rider.
In the coming months, you can expect to see more
innovation coming from the blue team as we integrate our
vision processing into the low-level vehicle control.
Crossbow, Crydom, Dalsa,
DRS, EDT, HD Systems, MDK Motorsports, Navitar,
PCBExpress, Raytheon, Tyco Electronics, US Digital,
*This information is supplied by the team. DARPA does not verify team
descriptions or sponsor lists.