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June 13: Carnegie Mellon's Tartan Racing Team Vies for Spot in DARPA's Robotic Vehicle Competition


Byron Spice                           

Anne Watzman   

Media Advisory:

Carnegie Mellon's Tartan Racing Team Vies
For Spot in DARPA's Robotic Vehicle Competition

Tartan Racing's BossEVENT: Tartan Racing's self-driving SUV, named Boss, will demonstrate its street savvy during a site visit and inspection by representatives of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Tartan Racing is one of 53 teams contending for a spot in DARPA's Urban Challenge, a Nov. 3 race that will pit autonomous vehicles against each other on a course that simulates an urban driving environment. The top prize is $2 million.
Boss, which is now dressed in race-day paint and decals, will perform four demonstrations designated by DARPA to test its ability to navigate and handle traffic in a setting similar to the competition. The vehicle's performance will determine whether Tartan Racing is named one of 30 semi-finalists invited to a qualification event this fall. Team members will be available for interviews throughout the event and, once the official demonstrations are complete, additional demonstrations will be performed.

WHEN: 9:30 a.m., Monday, June 18.

WHERE: Robot City, located on the former LTV site in Hazelwood.

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.) Follow the signs to the parking area for the DARPA site visit.


(Photo by Vincent Zeng/