For 2007 DARPA is sponsoring another competition for autonomous vehicles, the Urban Challenge, but this time, instead of an off-road desert course, they have to navigate an urban environment course, while obeying all traffic and avoiding accidents. The Stanford Racing Team is back with a new Volkswagen, this time a Passat wagon. "Junior", is a 2006 Passat equipped with a 2.0L turbo diesel four cylinder, and the six-speed DSG double clutch gearbox. The DSG box, has the advantage of being a sequential shift setup with clutch-less, forward and back shifting, making for easier automation. Combined with the diesel, it also has good fuel efficiency, which will help because the drive-train also has to power all the guidance equipment and computers. The back of the wagon is packed full of rack mount servers, powered by Intel Core 2 Duo and Quad core processors.
[Source: Stanford Racing Team via Engadget]