In October 2003, SciAutonics teamed with Auburn University in the efforts to build an autonomous vehicle for participation in the 2004 DARPA Grand Challenge. Prof. Dave Bevly and Rob Daily contributed with their expertise in vehicle control significantly to the success of this effort in the team "SciAutonics-1".
For the 2005 Grand Challenge, this close collaboration is reflected in a change of the team name to "SciAutonics-Auburn".
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Thousand Oaks, CA
The vehicle of the ”SciAutonics-1 Team”, RASCAL (Robust Autonomous Sensor-Controlled All-Terrain Land-Vehicle)is based on an ATV off-road vehicle produced by ATV Corporation. The vehicle has a continuous-variable transmission and 4-wheel drive. It can be driven manually, although the driver seat is now taken by a rack of computers.