The Grand Challenge

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  1. carpe diem macrumors 6502

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    It's the ultimate robot reality show: 43 contestants battling for a spot in a government-sponsored desert race intended to speed development of unmanned military combat vehicles.

    The reward? A $2 million cash prize.

    The autonomous robotic vehicles began competing Wednesday in the first of a series of qualifying rounds at the California Speedway. Half will advance to the October 8 starting line of the so-called Grand Challenge.

    The grueling, weeklong semifinals are designed to test the vehicles' ability to cover a roughly 2-mile stretch of the track without a human driver or remote control.

    Participants ranging from souped-up SUVs to military behemoths will be graded on how well they can self-drive on rough road, make sharp turns and avoid obstacles -- hay bales, trash cans, wrecked cars -- while relying on GPS navigation and sensors, radar, lasers and cameras that feed information to computers.

    From CNN (dont know how to do the quote thing
     
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    Why don't they just trane monkies to drive humvees?
     
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    that's old news. i see a bunch of them every time i take the highway
     
  7. yippy macrumors 68020

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    Last year nobody even made it through half the course. Hopefully that will change. I believe there is a high school competing, or there was before, that stands a good chance. I wish my school had had something cool like that.
     
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    Yeah, last year's effort didn't work out so well, but the whole concept behind the race is to stimulate the development of an unmanned reconaissance vehicle, and it will probably take a few years for a truly viable concept to show up.
     

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