RT3000 systems navigate three teams into the DARPA Final
DARPA’s tough selection process left only 11 driverless vehicles to compete in the Urban Challenge Final on Saturday. OxTS is proud to have the RT3000 on 3 of the 11 unmanned vehicles. The RT3000 navigation systems proved to be a reliable and accurate vehicle guidance system during the National Qualification Event held earlier this week.
Inertial and GPS navigation systems have continuous, smooth position and orientation measurements even when GPS signals are unavailable or reflected. Due to the urban setting in this year's DARPA Challenge, the RT3000 Inertial and GPS navigation systems provide an ideal vehicle guidance tool for the autonomous vehicles.
All RT3000 systems provide highly accurate measurements of position and orientation (roll, pitch, heading) which is essential to navigate the vehicle and invaluable for giving corrections to the vision, LIDAR and other sensors. The compact RT3000 systems are easy to integrate and simple to install and showed its reliability in many autonomous vehicle projects.
The Urban Challenge is a competition of autonomous cars which have to find their way around a mock urban environment while obeying traffic rules, merging into moving traffic and avoiding obstacles on their way. The Urban Challenge will be held on November 3, 2007 at a military base in Victorville, California.