Racing Robots: DARPA Grand Challenge 2005


(Image credit: Team CajunBot)

Several creative robots are competing for $2 million in the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge. CajunBot, the MAX 6-wheel amphibious all-terrain vehicle with a 25 hp twin-cylinder engine, seen during the second NQE run.


(Image credit: Team CyberRider)

The CyberRider Vehicle, a robust vehicle designed and developed by Team CyberRider, in the California Desert near Barstow.

Desert Juggernaut

(Image credit: Team Juggernaut)

Juggernaut is shown here encounters the hay bales on the racetrack.


(Image credit: Team ENSCO)

DEXTER, shown here waiting in the chute on the DARPA site, is Team ENSCO’s entrant. DEXTER is a Deployable EXtreme Terrain Enabled Robot.


(Image credit: Blue Team)

Ghostrider is capable of navigating tight courses and speeds in excess of 35 mph.


(Image credit: Indy Robot Racing Team)

The IRV, Indy Robot Racing Team’s Grand Challenge entrant, is a Jeep Rubicon decked out with a global positioning system, stabilization systems, lasers, multi-view cameras, gyroscopes and accelerometers.


(Image credit: MonsterMoto)

MonsterMoto’s JackBot is a conventional all-terrain vehicle. Designers feel that the vehicle’s simple system will make it more likely to survive on the tough course.

(Image credit: Team CIMAR)

The NaviGATOR is from Team CIMAR (Center for Intelligent Machines and Robotics), a partnership of the University of Florida and Autonomous Solutions, Inc.

Racer X

(Image credit: Team Banzai)

Team Banzai hopes its intriguingly designed Racer X vehicle will win the $2 million dollar prize.


(Image credit: SciAutonics / Auburn Engineering)

RASCAL (Robust Autonomous Sensor-Controlled All-Terrain Land Vehicle), SciAutonics’ autonomous vehicle goes full steam ahead on the DARPA site.


(Image credit: Virginia Tech Team Rocky)

This diesel powered four-wheel-drive, off-road utility vehicle got its nickname due to its ability to travel on rocky terrain in the most extreme conditions.