The Princeton Urban Grand Challenge team has arrived in Victorville, Calif., just in time for today’s opening ceremonies.

The Princeton team is the only undergraduate team among the 35 semifinalists in the event, which promises $3.5 million in prize money. Most teams participating in the qualification event have serious financial and technical support from industry sponsors. By contrast, the Princeton team has been operating on a shoestring budget; its main resources have been spunk, enthusiasm and brainpower.

You can catch up on their exploits by reading some recent coverage by Humphrey Cheung of Tgdaily and Kevin Coughlin of the Star-Ledger. For more on the technology driving the car, see this post on And offers a novel funding idea for Princeton’s team of “baby Einsteins.”

You can see the full team roster here (trading cards not yet available). And be sure to follow Princeton’s progress in the competition by reading the team blog.

More photos below, from a send-off ceremony last week in Princeton: Team members peer inside the Princeton vehicle; Dean H. Vincent Poor (center) offers his benediction to faculty adviser Alain Kornhauser and team; a film crew interviews one of the Princeton team members.


Photos by Frank Wojciechowski

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