• Nov 20, 2007
Stanford won the first ever DARPA Challenge -- a test of skill and endurance for autonomous vehicles -- in 2005 with a VW Passat wagon called Stanley. This year it came in second with a VW Passat Wagon called Stanley, Jr. Though the university didn't win the Challenge this year, it did win with VW, which has pledged $5.75 million over five years to fund VAIL: the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Laboratory at Stanford.

VAIL will house Stanford's CarLab, a research and teaching program that aims to "radically rethink the automobile in order to deliver unprecedented levels of safety and driver and passenger enjoyment." VW's own engineers will work with CarLab, as well as other academic groups housed at VAIL that explore computer science and electrical engineering, a mechanical engineering group working on cleaner engines and advanced dynamic control, and a communications group that is studying the "psychology of making cars safer and more enjoyable."

[Source: VW]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      there should be another darpalike challenge:
      lighter, safer, simpler.
      better mileage , fewer emissions & lower costs might occur.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Also, the original Stanley was a Touareg V10 TDI, not a Passat. This is because the original Grand Challenge was largely off road.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Just a slight correction: Stanly the first was a Toureg.

      Congratulations to Stanford, to bad our (University of CIncinnati) team didn't make it through to the final round this time around. Ah well, maybe next year (the official motto of all Cincinnati competitors).
        • 7 Years Ago
        hey, at least we got the $421 million PACE grant, woo UC!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I,m sorry , I was referring to the automotive world in general, not just electronic autonomisity