Bob The Computer Controlled Car
from Cal Tech

by Don Ogden


Bob the computer controlled car and his Cal Tech team are located in the front parking lot. They will have many stories on how Bob was to be controlled by computers, and how it finished in the race.

The team from Cal Tech was comprised of students, mostly undergraduates. They accepted the challenge and spent about a year building computers, and modifying the car to start, stop, and steer Bob.

Bob is a 96 Chevy Tahoe 4 X 4 modified by a Cal Tech team to compete in a driverless off-road race from Victorville to the Nevada Line on March 13, 2004. The prize for the winner, the first team to complete the course in under 10 hours was to be $1,000,000.

The race was sponsored by the US Defense Projects Agency (DARPA). The purpose of the race was to produce a vehicle which could drive itself off-road from Victorville to Las Vegas in 10 hours. It was to be completely computer controlled without human intervention. No joy sticks allowed.

We offer a special thanks to the Cal Tech team for sharing Bob.

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