During its Grand Challenge run, Caltech's Alice “experienced some GPS errors after passing under a powerline that caused Alice to have hallucinations about the actual location of the corridor that defined [its] route. Alice was also suffering from an as yet unexplained loss of two LADAR units, which limited its terrain sensing capabilities.”
Which caused it to think it had to charge the crowd, and prevented it from seeing the concrete barriers that were in the way. Not that the barriers stopped it:
The last few seconds of Alice's onboard video record the scattering of photographers and reporters before Alice was E-stopped:
Immediately afterward, people can be seen pouring out of the tents to come look at the commotion. Lori and I happened to be napping in our nearby hotel room when this all went down, so we missed the excitement.
Alice's final resting spot:Posted by jjwiseman at October 13, 2005 10:37 AM