Team Armani, a group of 7 student from the University of Maryland, College Park, competed in the 2003-2004 DARPA Grand Challenge, a contest to build an autonomous vehicle that would traverse the mohave dessert with no input from human beings after firing the “go” button. All though no one won the contest that year, Team Armani learned a great deal about robotic design and made it past DARPA inspection to the first group of 42 contenders. Today, this technology is superseded by ones like the Google Car.
- See Team Armani listed at the 2004 DARPA Grand Challenge
- See some of the press about the smart camera technology used, also here