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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.