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Engineering students win national championship in intelligent car competition

A car with a mind of its own is not science fiction, and University of Rhode Island computer engineering students are proving it. Their autonomous model racecar took first place in a national competition and will represent the United States in the upcoming world championships.

The car, standing about a foot tall, relied on a camera and software programmed by students to zip along a racetrack without human intervention. The car completed the course in 17.7 seconds, faster than 27 other teams at the annual Freescale Cup in Rochester, N.Y. on April 19. The team now heads to South Korea in August to compete against 19 teams from around…

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