Monday, March 14, 2005

One down and hopefully several to go !

Our complete application was received by DARPA. In the video, we are not showing autonomous driving as we had some unexpected difficulties, unrelated to the race. Our entry is pretty basic on the mechanical side and we expect most of the difference to be made at the level of how information gathered from our different sensors is exploited. It is one thing to accumulate a lot of data but it is far more important to make sense of them. This is why, for instance, we will not use a laser ranging system like most other teams.
On a related topic, I will make a presentation next week on what I think are some of the interrelated issues found in building an autonomous system like Pegasus Bridge 1 and cognitive problems found in humans (especially the little ones).