[robotics-worldwide] New book: "The DARPA Urban Challenge - Autonomous Vehicles in City Traffic"

Buehler, Martin mbuehler at irobot.com
Mon Nov 16 06:13:24 PST 2009


Announcement of book publication: 

"The DARPA Urban Challenge - Autonomous Vehicles in City Traffic"

Series: Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics, Vol. 56, Buehler, Martin;
Iagnemma, Karl; Singh, Sanjiv (Eds.), 2010, 626 p., Hardcover

Now available at Springer: 
http://www.springer.com/engineering/robotics/book/978-3-642-03990-4,
and on Amazon (pre-sale): 
http://www.amazon.com/DARPA-Urban-Challenge-Autonomous-Vehicles/dp/36420
39901/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1258368839&sr=1-1
 
This volume, edited by Martin Buehler, Karl Iagnemma and Sanjiv Singh,
presents a unique and comprehensive collection of 13 papers describing
all the vehicles that competed as finalists in the DARPA Urban Challenge
in November 2007, in the mock city environment of the George Air Force
base in Victorville, California. This book is the companion of a
previous volume by the same editors which was devoted to the Grand
Challenge, which took place in the Nevada desert during October 2005,
and was the second in the series of autonomous vehicle races sponsored
by DARPA.

The Urban Challenge demonstrated how cutting-edge perception, control,
and motion planning techniques can allow intelligent autonomous vehicles
not only to travel significant distances in off-road terrain, but also
to operate in urban scenarios. Beyond the value for future military
applications--which motivated DARPA to sponsor the race--the expected
impact in the commercial sector for automotive manufacturers is equally,
if not more, important: autonomous sensing and control constitute key
technologies for vehicles of the future, and might help save thousands
of lives that are now lost in traffic accidents.

As with the previous STAR volume, the original papers collected in this
book were initially published in special issues of the Journal of Field
Robotics. This new book collects them in an archival publication as a
special STAR volume. Also included in this volume is 
- a new picture gallery of the finalist vehicles, with a description of
their individual race results,
- a foreword by Norm Whitaker, the DARPA program manager who oversaw the
Urban Challenge contest
- a foreword by Anthony J. "Tony" Tether, who served as DARPA's director
from 2001-2009.

Written for: Researchers, graduate students and professionals in
robotics

Keywords:
*	Autonomous Robotics
*	DARPA Urban Challenge
*	Field Robotics
*	Mobile Robots
*	Real World Robot Application
*	Robotic system for outdoor /indoor works
*	Service Robotics



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