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The Golem Group/UCLA entry has been selected as one of the 23 finalists to the $2M Darpa Grand Challenge

October 6, 2005

The Golem Group/UCLA entry has been selected as one of the 23 finalists to the $2M Darpa Grand Challenge

Golem 2

The Golem Group/UCLA entry has been selected as one of the 23 finalists to the $2M Darpa Grand Challenge. Involved in the project is UCLA faculty Prof. Emilio Frazzoli and Stefano Soatto (CS). The DARPA Grand Challenge final event will be held Saturday, October 8, in the Mojave Desert near Primm, Nevada. The finalists will traverse a rugged desert course that features lakebeds, narrow desert roads, tight turns, tunnels, gateways and treacherous mountain passes. The actual course will not be revealed to teams until two hours before the event begins at approximately 6:30 a.m. (PDT). The team whose vehicle traverses the entire course the fastest in under ten hours will win $2 million.

The race was held for the first time in March 2004 and none of the contestants traveled farther than 7.4 miles. The Golem Group/UCLA team did well: 5.2 miles, and the best result on a basis of "miles traveled per dollar spent."

For pictures of the Golem 1 and Golem 2 visit The Golem Group/UCLA website at: http://www.golemgroup.com/

For Daily updates from "DARPA Grand Challenge" visit: http://www.grandchallenge.org/

Let's wish them well for the first place win!