Featured Researchers

Greg Okopal

Principal Engineer

EIS Department

APL-UW

Dave Dyer

Principal Engineer

EIS Department

APL-UW

Eliot George

Senior Mechanical Engineer

EIS Department

APL-UW

Roger Habich

Field Engineer III

EIS Department

APL-UW

Funding

DARPA

RACER

Aggressive, Resilient, High-Speed Navigation in Off-Road Terrain

The goal of the RACER program is to develop and demonstrate autonomy technologies that enable unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) to maneuver in unstructured, off-road terrain at the limit of the vehicle's mechanical systems and at, or beyond, human-driven speeds and efficiencies.

APL-UW researchers are collaborating with a team from the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science + Engineering, with Byron Boots as the UW team's principal investigator.

Recently, the team put their vehicle to the test. In three videos, watch the vehicle run a course defined by waypoints with no human interventions. The autonomous vehicle uses only onboard sensors and compute and does not reference GPS or predefined maps for localization.

Medium Loop
Off Trail Run
Off Trail Reverse Run

Medium Loop

Off Trail Run

Off Trail Reverse Run

This test is on the Medium Loop course, a short run that features a dirt trail through forest, muddy open fields, and a creek crossing.

This test is on the Off Trail course, a short run that features unstructured terrain with scattered tree obstacles, very muddy forest trails, a number of drainage ditches and mounds, and a hairpin turn.

This test is a reversal of the Off Trail course, a short run that features unstructured terrain with scattered tree obstacles, very muddy forest trails, a number of drainage ditches and mounds, and a hairpin turn.

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