Projects Agency (DARPA), the central research organization of the United States Department of Defense, sponsors a prize competition for driverless cars called the DARPA Grand Challenge. The race is part of a congressional-mandated research initiative to ensure that by 2015, one-third of military vehicles will operate without human assistance to help isolate troops from roadside threats.
The Lone Wolf autonomous racecar from Insight Racing participated in this year’s event. The vehicle can maneuver in traffic without human assistance. SICK vehicle sensors collect real-time data and send the information to on-board computers so that the Lone Wolf can react to intersections, other moving vehicles, and traffic laws.
“The SICK Laser Measurement System (LMS) Sensors are one of the key components of the navigation system, helping the car to “see” using laser radar technology,” said Jeff Wuendry, product marketing manager for SICK. “The LMS relies on Comtrol’s DeviceMaster for real-time communication of terrain and obstacle data to the Lone Wolf’s multiple computer systems.”
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