FIELD OF COMPETITORS EXPANDS FOR DRC FINALS

Robotics

Team SCHAFT’s robot, S-One, clears debris at the DRC Trials.

Team SCHAFT, the highest-scoring team at the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Trials in December 2013, has elected to switch to the self-funded Track D of the program. The team was recently acquired by Google Inc.

Team ViGIR’s robot, Florian, using the Atlas platform

Team SCHAFT’s move frees funds for DARPA to support additional teams to compete in the DRC Finals. DARPA will now include on the list of DRC Trials finalists Teams THOR, ViGIR, and KAIST, which each earned eight points in the DRC Trials. Teams THOR and ViGIR are each eligible for up to $500K of DARPA funding. Team KAIST, which is already part of Track D, will continue as a self-funded team.

Team THOR’s robot, THOR-OP, drives a vehicle at the DRC Trials.

Professor Dennis Hong, the leader of Team THOR at the DRC Trials, has moved to…

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