When Torc was based in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, DARPA once again played a critical role by announcing the DARPA Urban Challenge. This competition required manned and autonomous vehicles to compete simultaneously, meaning teams had to follow all CA traffic laws and be able to merge with moving traffic, navigate intersections, and execute safe U-turns in a cluttered environment. 89 teams applied to compete, including Team VictorTango, a joint Torc/Virginia Tech effort. 35 teams were invited to qualifications, where the top 11 teams each earned a $1M grant and a shot to compete in the main challenge. VictorTango placed third in the challenge, besting teams from prestigious universities such as MIT and Cornell.
As Torc grew, so did our reach in terms of clients and project complexity. From advanced military applications of autonomous technologies, to digital control systems for the mining industry, to complex programs designed to inform the next generation of smart consumer automobiles, we’re fundamentally changing the way our clients work. And in 2015, we changed the way we work by opening our new 20,000 sq. ft. headquarters, where we can develop, test, prove, and implement the most advanced autonomous systems on the market today.