Photos: Gearing up for DARPA Challenge

Photos: Gearing up for DARPA Challenge

Summary: Qualifying is over as the finalists prepare for the $2 million race Oct. 8 for robot-driven vehicles.

TOPICS: Emerging Tech

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  • Competitors arrived before dawn on Oct. 8 to get start of the second annual Darpa Grand Challenge, a robot race in Primm Valley, Nev. Driverless cars raced across the Mojave Desert and other obstacles to attempt to win the $2 million prize money. The winner would have to finish 131.6 mile course with the fastest time--under 10 hours.

    The Race officials load the first vehicle into the starting blocks.

  • The sun is up, and the first driverless vehicle is off. The 'bots were started at 10-minute intervals.

  • Sebastian Thrun, robotics professor and head of the Stanford Racing Team, exuberant after the team's entry, Stanley, crossed the finish line, a first in the DARPA Grand Challenge.

Topic: Emerging Tech

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