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      Hello from bizjournals.com! Dennis M. Linsky (Dennismk1@...) thought
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      Oshkosh Truck and university design robotic vehicle

      Published: February 11, 2004
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      Oshkosh Truck Corp., a manufacturer of specialty trucks and truck
      bodies, and Ohio State University have partnered to develop a
      self-navigating robotic vehicle that will compete in the
      Pentagon-sponsored $1 million DARPA Grand Challenge, the company
      announced Wednesday.

      The completely autonomous vehicle, known as Terramax, will traverse a
      rugged 250-mile Mojave Desert course in March between Los Angeles and
      Las Vegas without a driver or remote controls.

      To navigate the cross-country course alone, the Terramax vehicle is
      equipped with complex sensing systems, a global position system,
      high-power computers and drive-by-wire technology. The vehicle will
      select a course based on a set of coordinates that are disclosed two
      hours before race time to the final field of up to 20 race teams.

      "The applications for this driverless technology are remarkable,
      particularly for the military, which is sponsoring this race," said Don
      Verhoff, Oshkosh's executive vice president of technology. "Although
      design development may continue for years, the idea of a driverless
      convoy of defense vehicles to deliver supplies to the front line, never
      jeopardizing the welfare of a single driver, is closer than one might
      imagine."

      Oshkosh Truck Corp. manufactures specialty trucks and truck bodies for
      the defense, fire and emergency, concrete placement and refuse hauling
      markets. The company is based in Oshkosh and had annual sales of $1.9
      billion in fiscal 2003.



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