Issue No. 02 - March/April (2008 vol. 23)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MIS.2008.34
Chris Urmson , Carnegie Mellon University
William "Red" Whittaker , Carnegie Mellon University
This article provides a brief overview of the benefits of autonomous vehicles and Boss, the autonomous vehicle that won the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge. Autonomous vehicles will improve traffic safety, increase fuel efficiency, and help reconnect the elderly and disabled to our society. Autonomous-vehicle research has been active for the last 20 years, with the recent Urban Challenge building tremendously on past successes. Boss uses onboard sensing and a priori maps of the road environment to navigate safely and effectively. While the Urban Challenge was successful, there is much work to do as this technology becomes increasingly commercialized.
autonomous vehicles, Urban Challenge, robotics
C. Urmson and W. ". Whittaker, "Self-Driving Cars and the Urban Challenge," in IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol. 23, no. , pp. 66-68, 2008.