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News Release

November 5, 2007

Contact:

David Orenstein, Stanford School of Engineering: (650) 736-2245, davidjo@stanford.edu


MEDIA ADVISORY

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."

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Editor Note:

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.

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