MIT Students Create Car That Drives Itself

Thirty-six teams from across the country are getting ready to compete in the ultimate robot challenge. Creating a robotic vehicle that can travel in any urban setting is the goal of the DARPA Urban Challenge.

NewsCenter 5's David Brown reported that one team from MIT is in overdrive as they shift their vehicle in high gear.

The Land Rover LR3 is decked out with $400,000 worth of gizmos and gadgets. Fifteen radars, 13 remote sensing lasers -- called lidars -- and six cameras feed a computer that will ultimately drive the car.

After 16 months of design, development and construction, the MIT team is headed to California and the DARPA competition. Sponsored by the Department of Defense, the challenge is to develop a car that drives itself in traffic.

"To have a robot that can drive in traffic, that just captured our imagination. We felt then that this is an impossible challenge. It's very, very difficult. That's why we were drawn to it," MIT professor John Leonard said.

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