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Jan. 18: Tartan Racing Team Unveils Self-Driving Vehicle


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Media Advisory: Meet the "Boss"

Carnegie Mellon's Tartan Racing Team Unveils Self-Driving Vehicle

EVENT: Carnegie Mellon University's Tartan Racing team will demonstrate Boss, a Chevy Tahoe modified for autonomous driving. Boss is Tartan Racing's entry in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Urban Challenge, a competition set for Nov. 3 that will pit self-driving vehicles against each other on a course that simulates an urban environment. DARPA will award $2 million to the first team to complete the challenge, encompassing about 60 miles of driving, in six hours or less.

WHEN: 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 23.

WHERE: The Roundhouse at Robot City, located on the former LTV site in Hazelwood. Tartan Racing is headquartered in the Roundhouse and tests its vehicles on a portion of the LTV site.

DIRECTIONS: From Downtown, head south on Second Avenue. From Oakland, take Bates Street to Second Avenue and turn left. Follow Second Avenue past the Hot Metal Bridge. To enter the LTV site, continue to go straight when the main road veers sharply to the left. (Do not go through the underpass.) At the first building, which has a sign for "Damian Hartz, Locomotive Repair," turn through the gate to the left of the building and continue toward the left. Follow the road down the hill, and take the second right turn at the bottom of the hill. Park on this section of the road and walk along the road toward the city skyline to the Roundhouse. The entrance to Tartan Racing is on the right side of the Roundhouse.

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