Wednesday Mar 31, 2010

Shelley Autonomous Car Update

Last week the Oracle team which is contributing to the Volkswagen-Stanford Shelley Autonomous vehicle project reached a significant milestone: Software running on the car during trials. During Shelley's testing trials last week the car was running Java-realtime application code for handling GPS data and controlling the CAN bus. In addition to this trial being the first time that Java-realtime and OpenSolaris are running on the actual car it's also the first time that Shelley has combined key systems into a single process.

The project is generating a lot of buzz with coverage from Fox News : VW, Stanford Build High Performance Robot Racecar with a piece that's apparently been running frequently for a couple of days. Also covered by CNET: Audi TTS "Shelley", Wired: Audi’s Robotic Car Drives Better Than You Do, San Francisco Chronicle: Driverless car to test out Pikes Peak climb. There's also coverage in German from silicon.de: Audis geisterhafter TTS "Shelley".

Thursday Nov 12, 2009

Video of Shelley

The photo of Shelley in my last post was just a taste. Here's more!

This footage was taken primarily at the Bonneville salt flats in September. Notice at the end of the salt flats segment how she has drifted out the Audi logo at 95 KM/H. There's probably not very many human drivers who could drive with this accuracy. With more time Shelley could just as easily drift out a picture of Duke, the Java logo or the Mona Lisa... try that puny human!

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