Gray Team

Robot: "Kat-5"

Body: 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid

Affiliation: The Gray Insurance Company

Hometown: Metairie, LA

Leaders: Michael and Eric Gray

Team size: 12

Budget: $650,000

Key technologies: stereo vision, two laser range finders, solar panels, JAVA-based AI program

Biggest challenge(s): Fighting through Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (75 percent of team members lost their homes).

Race results: 4th Place (finished course in 7:30)

What they're up to now: Formed Gray Matter Inc. to pursue additional autonomous ventures

Where the vehicle is now: Metairie, LA