Autonomous Systems


  Urban Grand Challenge
This project seeks to advance the state of knowledge in the area of ground robotic vehicles by entering the Urban Grand Challenge in which a field of vehicles operate fully autonomously in a complex urban environment that includes moving vehicular traffic. The primary objective of the Urban Challenge is to demonstrate safe, effective autonomous ground vehicle navigation over a 60-mile, 6-hour mission in urban traffic, while conforming to California state traffic laws and established traffic conventions.

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The Urban Challenge is an outgrowth of the DARPA Grand Challenge autonomous vehicle competition conducted in October 2005 in which an autonomous vehicle had to navigate a 130 mile off-road course with no human interaction. This event focused on the development of autonomous vehicles that operate in an off-road environment with only limited interaction with other vehicles. Urban Challenge extends this concept to autonomous vehicles that safely execute missions in a complex urban environment with moving traffic.

The competition will be held in the USA, November 2007 with the winner receiving US$ 2000 000 in prize money.

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The Centre for Autonomous Systems finished at the end of 2010. This web site is kept as an example of the work undertaken by the Centre between 2003 and 2010.

This web site is hosted by the Australian Centre for Field Robotics. Please check the ACFR web site for the latest work in this and similar fields of research.