Digital Auto Drive (DAD)
Robot: "DAD, Are We There Yet?"
Body: Toyota Tundra pick-up truck
Affiliations: Entrepreneurs, electromechanical inventors
Hometown: Morgan Hill, CA
Leaders: Bruce and David Hall
Team size: 7
Budget: A lot!
Key technologies: Custom spinning lidar sensor with 64 lasers providing up to 2.56 million data points per second. Designed using Texas Instruments' fastest DSP chips.
Biggest challenge(s): Time used up for proprietary state-of-the-art lidar sensor; not enough field testing and hardening resulted in a silly mechanical failure.
Race results: Out of race at 26 miles: mounting for lidar scanner failed, resulting in disconnected power supply to vehicle navigation system. What they're up to now: Running their speaker company Velodyne Acoustics; evolving the lidar sensor for numerous future opportunities.
Where the vehicle is now: Taking them to and from work