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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 4:46 am    Post subject: Mac Mini Gets Driver's License Reply with quote

Mac Mini Gets Driver's License
Thursday June 21, 2005

Team Banzai has installed three Mac minis into a VW Touareg, but this isn't your average Mac mini auto install. These Mac minis are navigating the VW Touareg autonomously over 200 miles of terrain!

"Team Banzai is one of only 40 teams from around the country to advance by invitation to the national semi-finals of the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge.

Selected from a field of almost 200 teams that applied and competed through earlier regional elimination rounds, Team Banzai is proud to be participating in this exciting head-to-head competition in an attempt to win $2 million.

Dora, is the world's first fully autonomous vehicle driven by Mac OS X. The entire development and race management efforts at Team Banzai is being done using Apple Mac OS X technology." – Team Banzai



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 7:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cool!

Can it take my kids to school! Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow Razz
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope they have not underestimated the Mini's ability to think for itself... this car could pull a "stealth" and start doing whatever it wants to, like take a leisurely stroll on the beach instead of doing what it's human counterparts tell it to do Twisted Evil I just have one question... if no one drives it, then who pays for the gas? Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I just have one question... if no one drives it, then who pays for the gas? Laughing


The Minis drive it! Logically it would follow that they'd pay for gas also, Laughing.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder if each mini has a separate task or if they're clustered? I'm sure they're keeping everything secret for the contest, but it would be cool to see some more technical information on the setup. Maybe they'll post it after the contest.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

idave wrote:
I wonder if each mini has a separate task or if they're clustered? I'm sure they're keeping everything secret for the contest, but it would be cool to see some more technical information on the setup. Maybe they'll post it after the contest.


I was wondering that myself.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nobody pays for the gas. The car is powered by a DVD containing a MS Longhorn development speech. The crap is then converted to methane. It should be able to run for about 2 years.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Setups like this make me feel stupid. There are so many smart people out there!
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Bandit Bill wrote:
Nobody pays for the gas. The car is powered by a DVD containing a MS Longhorn development speech. The crap is then converted to methane. It should be able to run for about 2 years.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2005 3:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

greg wrote:
idave wrote:
I wonder if each mini has a separate task or if they're clustered? I'm sure they're keeping everything secret for the contest, but it would be cool to see some more technical information on the setup. Maybe they'll post it after the contest.


I was wondering that myself.


Dr John Choi from Team Banzai was on YourMacLife Wednesday night. He talked about what each Mac mini is used for. The first Mac mini is called the "Navigator". It's responsible for determining the vehicles location. The second Mac mini is called the "Tactician". It takes the data from the "Navigator" and determines where to go. The third is Mac mini is called the "Driver". The Driver controls the steering, gas, and braking. All the software is written in Objective-C and Cocoa. The interview takes place approximately half way through the broadcast.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2005 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bandit Bill wrote:
Nobody pays for the gas. The car is powered by a DVD containing a MS Longhorn development speech. The crap is then converted to methane. It should be able to run for about 2 years.


LOL!! Laughing
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