Boss is the world's smartest Chevy Tahoe. In 2007, it won the DARPA Urban Challenge for autonomous vehicles, taking home a $2 million prize for not breaking any traffic laws or running anyone over.
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Did You Know?
It took 50,000 hours of work to turn Boss from a normal car into a robot
Boss was named after Charles "Boss" Kettering, an engineer and former GM executive who invented the all-electric ignition system and safety glass, among other things.
- Capable of tracking other vehicles, detecting obstacles, and planning the best path through a road network.
- N/A cm | N/A in
- 513.1 cm | 202 in
- 200.7 cm | 79 in
- 2500 kg | 5511 lb (car only)
- 48 km/h | 29.8 mph (top speed during race)
- Applanix GPS and IMU unit, six Sick LIDAR units, one Velodyne LIDAR unit, two Continental LIDAR units, five Continental ARS 300 radar units, two Point Grey Firefly high dynamic range cameras, two Ibeo Alasca LIDAR units.
- Commercial off-the-shelf drive-by-wire system integrated into vehicle with electric motors to turn the steering column, depress the brake pedal, and shift the transmission.
- Auxiliary 24-V DC battery pack to power computers and sensors.
- CompactPCI board with 10 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processors, each with 2 GB of memory and Gigabit Ethernet ports. Each computer boots off of a 4 GB flash drive. Two of the machines also mount 500 GB hard drives for data logging.
- DEGREES OF FREEDOM (DOF)