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October 31, 2007

Day 7: Trick or Treat?

Dexter at an intersection
Howdy friends of DEXTER! It's the last day of the NQE and DEXTER is still in the running. We looked very nice on track "C" this morning with only a couple of minor hiccups. We had some trouble getting started because one of our GPS antenna cables was loose, but fortunately Amaury was quick to think of it. Once it was tightened, our IMU resumed streaming physical state information and DEXTER was off to the races! Track "C" consists of two 4-way stop intersections where DEXTER must observe intersection precedence, as well as a blocked street where DEXTER must re-plan his route and perform a U-turn to find another way to the checkpoint. DEXTER was safe, smooth and sexy, and we considered it a successful run. We also requested a re-run for all three courses this afternoon. DARPA denied our request and replied that they "already have all the information they need" to make their decision about DEXTER.
DEXTER at the start shoot

Two more teams have been scrubbed today – Axion Racing and Golem Group. Although we're sad to see the Axion Racing Twins go, DEXTER has a better shot at making the cut as other teams are scrubbed. Of note, Golem and CALTECH were both Track A teams that did not pass NQE. Track A teams received up to $1 million up front from DARPA. Team Case is a Track B team with no DARPA funding. We are one of 21 teams (including the 6 that are definitely in) vying for at most 20 spots in the final competition.

DEXTER is Trick-or-Treating

We've got an article on Wired about our LIDAR debacle and there is continuing Urban Challenge coverage on TG Daily. Of course, keep checking back here for updates as we learn more!

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Posted by: Bradley Farnsworth October 31, 2007 02:35 PM | Category: competition

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Team Case- Congratulations on your Track C run and quick thinking today! We are all cheering for you back home.

Posted by Peg on October 31, 2007 03:51 PM

We're behind you 100%! Hope you get treats today and no tricks! Go TeamCASE!

Posted by the LeVan Clan on October 31, 2007 04:06 PM

I started making announcements in my grad student office today about who was in and out of the Urban Challenge. The Cornell team hasn't been good at all about letting those of us back in Ithaca know how things are going. I'm cheering much harder for Dexter and TeamCASE, though. Let us know as soon as you can when you make the finals!

Posted by Nicole Sharp on October 31, 2007 04:18 PM

Sweet! That looks cool, hope you guys did well today!

Posted by Bee Jay on October 31, 2007 07:36 PM

Sweet! This looks cool, hope you guys did well today!

Posted by Bee Jay on October 31, 2007 07:39 PM

Dexter's picture is on the DARPA Challenge homepage...that's a good sign, right? Congratulations on your Track C qualifier.

Posted by AJ & Wendy on October 31, 2007 08:03 PM

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Posted by: bdf (Bradley Farnsworth) October 31, 2007 02:35 PM | Comments (6)