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Virginia Tech Uses Virtual Instrumentation to Develop Autonomous Vehicles to Compete in the DARPA Grand Challenge

Engineering students at Virginia Tech used NI software and hardware to prepare "Rocky" for the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge.

"Participating in the DARPA Grand Challenge gave the VTGC team a greater understanding of autonomous navigation and a solid base for further research in unmanned ground vehicles."

- Brett Leedy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

The Challenge:
Creating a fully autonomous vehicle capable of navigating complex desert terrain at high speeds to compete for $2 million in the DARPA Grand Challenge.

The Solution:
Using an advanced NI PXI sensor suite and National Instruments LabVIEW to perform GPS navigation, obstacle avoidance, and road following.

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