89 miles?!?

Holy crap! The lead vehicle in the DARPA Grand Challenge (autonomous robotic vehicles) has already made it 87 89 miles into a 131 mile course! Last year they were lucky to get 7-8 miles. Looks like the best online coverage is at http://www.grandchallenge.org/ . This sounds like more fun than Battlebots–does anyone know if this is on TV anywhere?

13 Responses to 89 miles?!? (Leave a comment)

  1. Hopefully CMU will win! :)
    Nothing against Stanford, but CMU rocks.

    Tubs

    Matt – have you found a webcam / tv? Would be nice to know.

  2. 92 miles now. Totally sweet. Incidentally, does anyone know what the maximum range a Hummer actually has? Just curious.

  3. Matt

    I was just wondering that myself: “132 miles? Won’t the Hummer run out of gas?” It’s amazing that three different vehicles have already finished the race.

  4. Harith

    Good morning Matt

    Just to say that your site is downloading much better today.

    BTW, any weather report about updating PR/backlinks?

    Have a great day and a successful week.

  5. They made it the whole way. This story was on page 7 of our local paper and is probably one of the biggest stories of the year. This was amazing and truely significant in many areas.

  6. Matt

    Harith, no weather report right now on PR/backlinks.

    After a few people complained of slowness, I moved to a different webhost (pair.com). Things are still settling down, but they’re getting better..

    It’s amazing that these vehicles could drive this course. Congrats to all the teams that participated.

  7. ModemMike

    I think the greatest costume you could wear is that of GoogleGuy… I can already hear the readers gasping. :)

  8. Harith

    Hi Matt

    Thanks for feedback!

    Just wish to ask whether its possible to arrange an online chat session where we can ask you few questions in real-time (maybe something like 10 pm your local time).

  9. What about the hype regarding Pixel Advertising? Have you checked http://www.million-cent-homepage.com ?

  10. David

    a regular humvee has a maximum range of 350 miles on a highway.

  11. James

    Hi Matt,

    I apologize for posting this here, but I found no other way to contact you. I’ve had a website for years and it was always listed high on google for my search terms. Now I’ve noticed I dropped a lot on key terms in the past week or two – my traffic is drying up – I’m desparate as I’m a small business owner and my livliehood is dependant upon my Internet traffic. Can I please reach you somehow to ask you a few questions or to look at my webite? I’m desparate and any help you can give will be extremely valuable to me.

    Thank you.

  12. Hey matt, met you once at a WW con in vegas, had the DBA question (Doing business as vs Database Administrator). Anyway, i watch history/tech/discover channel constantly, saw lots of promotion for the race, but never found out if it was ever televised. Did you find a television spot? I would be interested in knowing it to maybe catch some highlights.
    -justin

  13. I don’t know any tv spots, but Red Team Racing offers 2 videos about their vehicles. Since I’m currently only low-band online, I can’t watch them.

    You can find them here: http://www.redteamracing.org/index.cfm?method=logs.list&logID=289

    Best regards,
    Tobias

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