American Industrial Magic Autonomous Vehicle Racing

News Release

Darpa Grand Challange
Spawar Systems Center San Diego
Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International


History


“..Ask not what your country can do for you;
ask what you can do for your country.” J. F.K 1961

AMERICAN INDUSTRIAL MAGIC was originally formed to allow volunteers to participate in the DARPA Challenge series of races which ended in Nov. 2007. 

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's first DARPA Grand Challenge Race for autonomous ground vehicles (automatic guided vehicles) was a 142 mile desert obstacle course from Barstow CA to Primm NV on March 13, 2004.  AIM was three of the 106 teams registered: Team AGV ANDREA MORGAN,  Team AGV SYDNEY BRISTOW , and Team AGV WENDY DARLING.  The AIM Team worked extensively in the background to promote the race series and provided critical assistance to other teams. Every team learned a lot from preparing for and participating in that first race.

The second DARPA Grand Challenge Race was held Oct. 8, 2005 on a 132 mile desert obstacle course outside of Primm NV.  AIM was three of the 195 teams registered: Team AGV ANDREA MORGAN, Team AGV SYDNEY BRISTOW, and Team AGV WENDY DARLING.  The AIM Team worked extensively in the background to promote the race series and provided critical assistance to other teams.  Five vehicles crossed the finish line.  The Stanford University team sponsored by VolksWagen, won the $2 million cash prize. 

The third race, called the DARPA Urban Challenge, was Nov. 3, 2007 and was 60 miles of urban traffic for the autonomous vehicles to deal with.  Maximum speed allowed was 30 miles per hour.  AIM was one of the 89 teams registered for this race: Team AMERICAN INDUSTRIAL MAGIC with vehicle AGV WENDY DARLING.  The AIM Team worked extensively in the background to promote the race series and provided critical assistance to other teams.  Six vehicles crossed the finish line.  $3.5 million in cash prizes was won and eleven $1 million development grants were awarded to various teams.

Now that the race series has ended I have kept the name AMERICAN INDUSTRIAL MAGIC and do small engine and machinery repair.   The AIM Team has become TC TINKERS 4-H Robot Club which as a 4-H club has the U S Department of Agriculture as its largest sponsor.

GO ROBOTS !

Paul F. Grayson - Chief Engineer
AMERICAN  INDUSTRIAL MAGIC

"Small Engine and Machinery Repair"

TC TINKERS 4-H ROBOT CLUB
"Science, Engineering, and Technology"
390 4-Mile Rd. S.
Traverse City, MI 49686-8411
(231) 883-4463 Cell
pgrayson@aimagic.org
AIM: http://aimagic.org
Robot Club: http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/TC_TINKERS_4-H_Robot_Club/
CE Magazine: http://www.controleng.com/blog/1180000318.html


Revised 11-30-2009 1845 pfg