November 01, 2007
Track Logging Before the Race
After Tony Tether's announcement about 11 teams being accepted to the final competition today, it was also announced that the finalists would be allowed to run their vehicles through the final test course for two hours to log data before the competition.
Up until now, the course has been guarded 24 hours a day by military personnel to prevent anyone from obtaining prior information about the track. The teams aren't allowed to log GPS, but they can log vision. Some teams rely heavily on vision, so this is a huge boost to some and erodes the benefit of having robust vision algorithms for others. I believe that this is an arbitrary last-minute decision by DARPA that is against the spirit of the competition. I realize that it is important for DARPA to show that the teams they have sponsored can perform well, but I think it's also important to keep the competition transparent and rigorous to not degrade its prestige and credibility.
Posted by: Bradley Farnsworth November 1, 2007 08:04 PM | Category:
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