Indy Robot Racing Team
Robot: Indiana's Robotic Vehicle "IRV"
Body: 2004 Jeep Rubicon
Affiliations: Entrepreneurs, Indiana University, Purdue University
Hometown: Carmel, IN
Leaders: Scott Jones and Doug Traster
Team size: 35
Key technologies: Stabilized sensor platform, including six lidar laser range finders, programmed to recognize different types of terrain and obstacles. Distributed processing system with 27 computers and visual-based road finding.
Biggest challenge(s): Team project management with limited time and resources.
Race results: Did not qualify due to severe sensor misalignment caused by a crash during a routine safety check. What they're up to now: Continuing to improve obstacle avoidance for IRV and other mobile robotic platforms.
Where the vehicle is now: In Scott Jones's garage; sometimes taken out and run on the team's 40-acre obstacle course in a cornfield, which features mini-mountains, tunnels, ditches, moguls, etc.