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Pictured is the Ghostrider Robot, an autonomous motorcycle developed by a team of graduate students from the University of California. The vehicle is one of 40 semifinalists selected for the 2005 Darpa Grand Challenge, a 150-mile off-road race for autonomous vehicles. The event takes place Oct. 8.
Stanley, Stanford University's entry in the 2005 Darpa Grand Challenge, began as a Volkswagen Touareg R5, which is sold only in Europe. The $2 million prize for robotic vehicles to race across the desert has attracted 43 teams from around the United States. The field will be cut to 20 finalists for the Oct. 8 event.