DARPA Urban Challenge field narrowed to 53 teams

We've told you about the DARPA Urban Challenge and previewed several of the cars that are entered, including Stanley. Stanley is the autonomous Volkswagen Passat from the same Stanford Racing Team that won the last DARPA Grand Challenge. As a reminder, the Urban Challenge takes the idea of autonomous vehicles from the last event and transposes the event from an off-road course to an urban environment.

The organizers have winnowed the list of eighty-nine entrants down to fifty-three that will move on to the next stage. Staff from DARPA will be visiting the remaining teams in June to verify that the vehicles are operable. The final event will take place on November 3, 2007, but the location won't be disclosed until closer to the race.

[Source: Automotive Design Line]

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