November 5, 2007
Junior the robot car on Sunday won $1 million and a place in robotics history for its second-place finish in the DARPA Urban Challenge Saturday in Victorville, Calif. Media are welcome to join the Stanford Racing Team as the car returns to campus for a celebration at 2:30 p.m. today outside the Gates Computer Science building, just north of the fountain on Serra Mall.
In the race, Junior, a modified 2006 Volkswagen Passat, safely and speedily handled about 60 miles' worth of human and robot traffic in a closed course meant to simulate a cityscape. The robot drove with complete autonomy (no human intervention), using sophisticated software and sensors to make its own decisions about how to run three series of missions around the "town."
Media are invited to cover the campus homecoming of Junior the robot car and the Stanford Racing Team. The event takes place at 2:30 p.m. today on campus next to the Gates Computer Science building at 353 Serra Mall on the Stanford campus.