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Austin Robot Technology thanks our current sponsors for their support as we compete in the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge. If you or your company is interested in the benefits of becoming an ART sponsor, let us know.


  The University of Texas at Austin is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the people of Texas, the nation and the world. In education and research, its depth and diversity are unmatched by most public universities. As an enduring symbol of the spirit of Texas, the university promotes economic activity and social progress and is a leading center of knowledge and creativity. This year, ARTís team of volunteers has been working with UT Professor Peter Stone and his class during his course on artificial intelligence that centered on our self-driving SUV. As recipient of the 2007 Computers and Thought Award from the International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence, Dr. Stoneís generous participation is especially significant and greatly appreciated. We are fortunate to have the principal owner of The Auto Group of San Antonio as our primary sponsor for the 2007 DARPA Grand Challenge. The principal owner also sponsored our team during the 2005 competition. He provided our vehicle (a 1999 Isuzu VehiCROSS "Ironman" edition) and he provided most of our funding. Participating in the 2005 and 2007 DARPA Grand Challenge would have been impossible without his generous support.

  Arens Controls Company is an industry leader in the design and manufacturing of electro-mechanical controls. Arens provided the shift-by-wire capability for our vehicle and provided engineering assistance in the mounting, calibration and integration of their system. Their shift-by-wire unit has performed flawlessly since the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge.

  Graftek Imaging is a solution provider for the industrial, medical and scientific imaging markets. Graftek is providing assistance in the selection of cameras and lenses for our vision system.

  Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Founded in 1969 and based in Sunnyvale, California, AMD provides microprocessors, Flash memory devices, and silicon-based solutions for our customers in the communications and computer industries worldwide. However, our focus goes beyond integrated circuits and transistors. AMD is committed to helping our customers — and their customers — take advantage of the phenomenal capacity of silicon to add value and help differentiate their offerings. To that end, AMD products are developed with customer needs always in mind and not for the sake of innovation alone. Stated more plainly, it means that AMD exists to provide real solutions for real customer problems that exist in the real world today.

  Tyan Computer Corporation, founded in 1989, designs and manufactures advanced platform and system technology. Its products are sold to OEMs, VARs, and Resellers worldwide. Tyan enables its customers to be technology leaders by providing scalable, highly-integrated, reliable platforms for a wide range of applications such as Internet appliances, and server/workstation usage in markets such as CAD, DCC, E&P; and HPC. Tyan is sponsoring our team by providing their Thunder K8WE (S2895) premier high-end workstation platform with industry-exclusive dual full-speed PCI Express x16 slots.

  Enidine Defense Products designs and manufactures energy absorption and vibration isolation products for the military and defense sectors. Enidine Defense products are specifically designed for military applications including HERM (High Energy Rope Mount) mounts for cabinet isolation, SIDAS (Shock Isolator Double Acting Spring), DAMSI (Double Acting Mechanical Shock Isolator) and wire rope isolators for COTS electronics. Enidine Aerospace offers a variety of motion control solutions for today's most demanding Aviation and Defense applications. Enidine is sponsoring our team by providing the shock and vibration isolation solution required to protect our sensitive electronic equipment.

  NavCom Technology, Inc., a John Deere Company (NYSE:DE), is a leading provider of advanced GPS products for OEMs, VARs and system integrators needing high performance RTK systems, global decimeter level GPS satellite corrections, geodetic quality GPS receivers, wireless communication products and engineering consulting in the areas of precise positioning, wireless communications and robotics.

  SICK is a global leader in innovative sensing, safety systems and automatic identification solutions for factory automation. Our vehicle uses several SICK LMS sensors to help with guidance and obstacle avoidance. SICK is proud to support Austin Robot Technology in our use of their LMS Laser Measurement System.

  Ultra Motion Ultra Motion is a privately held company that was founded in 1994. We manufacture linear actuators and provide related motion control components. Our linear actuators are used in a wide range of technical industries from aerospace to factory automation. Ultra Motion linear actuators have been used in outer space, and at the deepest parts of the earth's oceans. Leading universities, government agencies, and companies of every type use Ultra Motion linear actuators.

  Applanix is the industry leader in the development and manufacture of integrated Inertial/GPS technology. The company's Position and Orientation Systems (POS™) are used worldwide for a variety of applications such as, aerial survey and mapping, remote sensing, road profiling, GIS data acquisition, and hydrographic surveying. Applanix strives to provide excellent service and support to our customers around the world - anywhere, at anytime.

  BlabberMouth PR is Texas' foremost public relations firm, committed to providing you with a unique blend of communications and media relations expertise. Focused on complex industries and issues, the BlabberMouth team of professionals combines a sophisticated understanding of business and the media environment with proven public relations and business experience. Distinguished by its demonstrated competencies in national and international media positioning in highly dynamic industries, BlabberMouth enables you to strategically accelerate the growth and success of your business.

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