Thursday Sep 09, 2010

Closed Road No Professional Driver

When they eventually make a TV commercial about Shelley I hope that they include the disclaimer "Closed Road No Professional Driver". It sure is odd to see a car driving with nobody in it. Shelley's simplest driving demonstration already exceeds the James Bond autonomous car gimmick from two movies back.

We've now had three full days of testing at Pike's Peak. The testing is going very well and Shelley is performing flawlessly. Most importantly for me the Java systems have been performing flawlessly. If there's one thing I've learned on this trip is that tuning server VM performance is child's play compared to configuring DGPS repeater systems. It's really fun working on a team project like this with automotive , software, mechanical and control systems engineers and uber-mechanics. (OK to most people this probably reminds them of the "Deep Space Homer" episode--"A mathematician, a different kind of mathematician and a statistician"). The discussions around dinner have been really interesting and not all about autonomous cars.

It's rather exhausting working at 2900m (9500ft) and getting up at 0400 to be on the mountain by 0500 so that we can test the car with the road closed to tourists. Hot coffee is your friend. By mid afternoon everyone is starting to look a little dazed and slow. I've only made one trip to the summit so far (didn't get to try the donuts) and I felt a bit winded just standing there.

Photo of the trunk compartment of Shelley with all of the computers and equipment.

The Java system is the black box behind the two red switches. The red switches do not fire up the BBQ even though that's what they look like.

Team members Paul and Mick examining test data after a successful run.

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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