Monday, May 23, 2005

DARPA Grand Challenge - Oregon Wave Runner

On May 10th the Oregon Wave Runner team put their vehicle through the paces for a DARPA Site Visit:

"The best run of the day was perfect, the vehicle was able to follow waypoints quickly and precisely. I don't think we lost any points on obstacles or boundaries, it was completed in a ball-park of 2 minutes. The worst run involved mowing through a trash can and then getting the can stuck on the vehicle's right front wheel! The other regulation run and the final fourth run went fine except for some challenges with boundaries and obstacle avoidance respectively."


The demonstration course was 200m in length and included turns, steep grades and uneven ground.

The team of 30 OSU students is utilizing an existing OSU Mini-Baja vehicle which placed second in the 2003 Mini-Baja West endurance race and first in the 2004 race. Modifications include terrain sensors, vision systems, servo controlled steering, and other features.