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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.
Stanley's in the driver's seat with the control panel but a passenger can take over manual control of the car if needed. Click here for more photos of Stanley.
The Red Team from the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University recently broke a record by driving a robotic vehicle 200 miles around a race track. It's car, Sandstorm, was originally a 1986 HMMWV or High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle. The vehicle ran in the 2004 Darpa challenge but has been re-equipped with a new engine, shocks and GPS sensors. Here, it's doing the "Pork Chop" maneuver.