Dr. Sebastien Thrun was the winning team leader in the Second Grand Challenge and will again go close according to insiders.
Dr. Red Whittaker 's Tartan Racing was the cleanest of the teams in the NQE.
Articulate and down-to-earth DARPA Director Dr Tony Tether explains the proceedings to the assembled press
Team Oshkosh sweated overnight on inclusion into the final but was declared the safest team out there in the end. Just as well considering the size of their vehicle.
Team Carolo came all the way from Germany for the event and made the cut
The Tartan racing team used the mobile pits normally used by Corvette Racing
Another German team, Team Annie Way, a collaboration of several universities, also made the final
Stanford Racing on track for another podium placing
Team Victor Tango from Virginia Tech was one of the chosen few
Stanford's Thrun takes the team plate
Whittaker - the favourite
Inside the Stanford garage
Team Oshkosh fronts the media
Stanford's sponsor sheet is full and Very high profile
Two days from now, the winner will have crossed the finish line and been announced
Team Cornell gets its place in history
Team Cajunbot dd not make the cut this time around
Team UCF from Orlando was one of the 11 to make the final
Inside Stanfor'd tent - note another borrowing from track racing - a second identical car "just in case"
Tartan Racing's sensors - the best in the business
Team Tartan - note a second complete and identical car in the tent
The finalists for Saturday’s landmark DARPA Urban Challenge were announced here today and the biggest surprise was that the final field was trimmed to just 11 starters, a decision taken by Grand Marshall and DARPA director Dr Tony Tether in the interests of securing a winner. “It’d be a great shame if one of the robots took out another robot,” said Tether as the final 11 contestants were announced. Most pointedly, Tether also introduced Team Tartan as the team that would be the Number One seed “if we were to give a ranking to the number one", before presenting the plate to Dr William “Red” Whittaker of Team Tartan (pictured).
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