Frustrating day

The Indy Robot Racing team was busy today working out last-minute glitches to the vehicle's navigation systems. During its official qualification run this afternoon (one of several that each team has) the vehicle performed beautifully, until trouble cropped up in the enclosed tunnel area.

While in the tunnel, the autonomous vehicles must demonstrate the ability to navigate without the benefit of GPS (Global Positioning Satellite system). For some reason the IRV bogged down in the tunnel, scraping the wall before being pulled from the run. The engineering team spent the remainder of the afternoon tracking down the technical gremlin.

Late this afternoon the IRV was back at it, running through its paces in the area set aside for teams to practice. Another qualification run is scheduled for tomorrow. Stay tuned, the march to the finals is coming down to its final two days.

[photo courtesy: Steven Wallace/Indiana University]


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