Monday, October 02, 2006

I would buy you a K-car

[What kind of name for a car is Reliant anyway? What about the Dependent or the Plymouth Needy?]

The good news is that DARPA officially announced that we will receive a million dollars in funding (subject to completion of technical milestones).

The surprising news is that we're the only small team of the eleven entities that received funding. The second-smallest team on the list is a company with over 60 employees. The largest entity on the list has 80,000 employees.

The bad news is that, for mysterious legislative reasons, DARPA seems to have lost its Congress-given authority to award cash prizes. So there won't be a $2 million prize for actually wining the Urban Challenge any more: just a trophy.

3 Comments:

At 7:34 AM, October 03, 2006, Blogger Jordan said...

Congrats! Won't most of the teams working on the project be about the same size you are? They're just part of larger organizations, right?

And you should totally use a K-Car for the next stage.

 
At 12:51 PM, October 03, 2006, Blogger Richard Mason said...

Yes and no. I expect the university teams will have about the same size budget as us, but they can throw low-cost students at the problem (which may or may not be a good strategy). As for the giant defense contractors, I guess it's entirely up to them how much effort they devote to the project.

 
At 8:32 AM, October 05, 2006, Blogger pAuL said...

Remember Richard, to use this million dollars for good. So cancel the plans for the robot pirate ship!

CONGRATULATIONS! We're all proud of you!
pAuL & Sara-Jo

 

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