Here's who we're up against in the Sparkfun autonomous vehicle competition

Mostly wheeled rovers (hah!) but also two other UAV teams. Full list here.

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Comment by Mark on March 30, 2009 at 8:04am
Cool, I was planning on heading up just to watch. Should be an interesting day.
Comment by Matt Fisher on March 30, 2009 at 8:52am
Someone please get some good high res pictures and video of the event please. Always good for reference material.
Comment by Jack Crossfire on March 30, 2009 at 3:34pm
No base stations sux. He thinks DARPA is the same as DARPA Grand Challenge. Hopefully everyone already tried navigating around 2 story buildings with narrow alleys. The UAV's are just going to fly anywhere they want while the rovers lose GPS contact in the alley & run into cars.
Comment by Mark on March 30, 2009 at 4:24pm
That depends on how their algorithms work. Given the short length of the course, it is plausible the UGV's could operate from vehicle relative coordinates and never utilize GPS / global coordinates in any manner. They would need good odometry and state estimation. Or utilize SLAM during GPS outages to update position. GPS is not the end-all solution and has been proven to be less than optimal for many situations. It is certainly beneficial but not required for autonomous operations.

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