Caroline: An Autonomously Driving Vehicle for Urban Environments


The 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge afforded the golden opportunity for the Technische Universitaet Braunschweig to demonstrate its abilities to develop an autonomously driving vehicle to compete with the world’s best competitors. After several stages of qualification, our team CarOLO qualified early for the DARPA Urban Challenge Final Event and was among only eleven teams from initially 89 competitors to compete in the final. We had the ability to work together in a large group of experts, each contributing his expertise in his discipline, and significant organisational, financial and technical support by local sponsors who helped us to become the best non-US team. In this report, we describe the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge, our contribution Caroline, the technology and algorithms along with her performance in the DARPA Urban Challenge Final Event on November 3, 2007.

The DARPA Urban Challenge