SCGP builds 25 control vehicles for the DARPA Grand Challenge.

SCGP’s specialty vehicles are built to unique, demanding customer requirements.  The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is the central research and development organization for the Department of Defense. DARPA contracted with SCGP and SCORE International to procure and outfit 25 Control Vehicles for the DARPA Grand Challenge.  The goal of this US government sponsored race was to create a vehicle that “can pilot itself” through a desert course.

The DARPA Grand Challenge is a contest held to encourage and evaluate the development of autonomous navigation vehicle technology.  Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have already been fielded in large numbers with our military and are a key component to counter insurgency operations in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan.  In many ways the challenges of Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) are tougher because there are many obstacles on the ground to navigate around to complete your mission.  Add to that the difficulty of maneuvering military tactical vehicle payloads over rough desert terrain, and you indeed have a Grand Challenge in front of you.  It is a race that, in order to finish first, first you must finish, and finishing DARPA’s Grand Challenge is a formidable task in itself.

SCGP’s knowledge of off-road specialty vehicles led DARPA to contact them to build and completely outfit 25 race control vehicles.  These vehicles are used to stay ahead of the robotic vehicles during the competition to control and monitor race traffic, and maintain a safe operating environment for the vehicles and their support crews.  The contract scope required a communication system, emergency stop CPU, suspension upgrades, and multiple survival items. Through the dedicated effort of CGR employees all vehicles were finalized and delivered two weeks ahead of schedule, performed flawlessly, and finished the event.

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