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Volkswagen's completely autonomous Touareg
Stanley goes on world tour
The Volkswagen Touareg Stanley has been
on exhibit since the start of this month in the “i-Space” of the
Science Centre in the island state of Singapore. This area is
dedicated to current technological developments.
Stanley immediately became a magnet for
visitors. The two multimedia stations at which visitors can
interactively experience details about the technology of the
vehicle and the development of the Stanley project are
especially popular. Singapore is the prelude to Stanley’s
world-wide museum tour.
Following Singapore, Stanley will be
visiting Johannesburg in September, where he can be seen at the
Scibono Discovery Center from 22nd September through 31st
October 2007. Stanley will next be presented in the Traffic
Centre of the German Museum in Munich from 22nd December 2007
through 17th February 2008. Plans are being made for further
exhibits in Europe.
This vehicle made
automotive history late in 2005. During a race through the
American Mojave desert, the prototype autonomously drove a
distance of 212 kilometres.
Stanley is the first vehicle ever to cover such
a long distance without a driver and without external intervention. The
name of the vehicle is derived from Stanford University, the California
university which, together with Volkswagen ERL (Electronics Research
Laboratory) and Volkswagen Research and Development, put Stanley on the
Stanley combines numerous driver-assist systems
which are already available in production. These are complemented by
laser detectors, stereo optical devices, radar sensors and an especially
precise GPS system. The integrated technology package guided the vehicle
through the Grand Challenge course safely and successfully.
The Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., the
largest technical museum in the world, honoured Stanley’s historical
achievement last year with a special exhibition. Now the Grand Challenge
champion is going on tour through some of the world's most important
high-tech exhibit centres.
The Singapore Science Centre is one of the most
successful hands-on centres for fans of technology. A million visitors
are expected in the current exhibit year.
Preparations are already being made at top
speed for the next DARPA Challenge. The "Urban Challenge", in which
driverless vehicles will compete against each other in finding their way
through an urban environment, will begin on 3rd November. A Passat
estate with the name "Junior" will be starting for Volkswagen, the ERL
and Stanford University.
*DARPA – Defence Advance Research Projects
Agency, an agency of the Department of Defence of the United States of
July 27, 2007