Tartan Racing, Pittsburgh, PA wins the Darpa Urban challenge

DARPA Urban Challenge winners announced.

1st Place – Tartan Racing (Carnegie Mellon), Pittsburgh, PA
2nd Place – Stanford Racing Team, Stanford, CA
3rd Place – Victor Tango, Blacksburg, VA

There is more post-race coverage at CNet and all over the web.

Lidar was a key technology used in the robotic cars.
Advancement in LIDAR capabilities is something that I have covered before

Lidar (Light Detection and Ranging) is an optical remote sensing technology that measures properties of scattered light to find range and/or other information of a distant target.

Image of buildings using Lidar