Inside the DARPA Grand Challenge 2005 Video
Stanford University's robotic car crosses the DARPA Grand Challenge finish line in the southern Nevada desert, netting the racing team a $2 million prize from the U.S. Department of Defense. Sebastian Thrun, head of the Stanford Racing Team, celebrates.
Now that the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge is over, what's next? Who's going to be taking the wheel in the future--you or Stanley?
With the roar of robot car engines, competitors in DARPA autonomous vehicle race set out across the desert. We cover the cars and the unique technology that lets the cars run without drivers.
The DARPA Urban Challenge took place this weekend in Southern California. Eleven automated robot cars hit a 60-mile course to see which could complete their pre-programmed missions and outdo the rest. CNET's Kevin Massy checks out the scene before the race and as the cars launch.
Whether it's exploring the moon's craters or the inhospitable Chilean desert, robots are aiding in the research work that humans wouldn't ordinarily be able to do. At a recent visit to Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute in Pittsburgh, CNET News.com's Kara Tsuboi gets up close and personal with the Scarab, Zoe, and an entry into the Lunar X Prize Challenge.
"Why We Fight," the new documentary by Eugene Jarecki, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, is an unflinching look at the anatomy of the American war machine, weaving unforgettable personal stories with commentary by a "who's who" of military and beltway insiders. Featuring John McCain, Gore Vidal, William Kristol, Chalmers Johnson, Richard Perle, and others, "Why We Fight" launches a bipartisan inquiry into the workings of the military industrial complex and the rise of the American Empire. Inspired by Dwight Eisenhower's legendary farewell speech (in which he coined the phrase "military industrial complex"), filmmaker Jarecki ("The Trials of Henry Kissinger") surveys the scorched landscape of a half-century's military adventures, asking how--and telling why--a nation of, by, and for the people has become the savings and loan of a system whose survival depends on a state of constant war. The film moves beyond the headlines of various American military operations to the deeper questions of why: why does America fight? What are the forces--political, economic, ideological--that drive us to fight against an ever-changing enemy? "Frank Capra made a series of films during World War II called 'Why We Fight' that explored America's reasons for entering the war," Jarecki notes. "Today, with our troops engaged in Iraq and elsewhere for reasons far less clear, I think it's crucial to ask the questions: 'Why are we doing what we are doing? What is it doing to others? And what is it doing to us?'"
This film was nominated for a 2006 Academy Award. Curious to see more? Check out our full roster of Oscar nominees.
As the DARPA Urban Challenge gets under way in Southern California, surprise disqualifiers and some mishaps lead to an interesting race. CNET's Kevin Massy also speaks with Carnegie Mellon University's contestants about the tech they're using in their crowd-favored vehicle.\r\n
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What's not to crave about a pole dancing bike? We can think of a few things, actually, but it's still pretty cool. Donald, Eric, and Jasmine also have a go at a super simple phone for luddites and get very serious about George Lucas's neck fat. Plus, Jasmine wants to take a ride in GUSS, Donald has a massive crush on a limbless robot, and Eric wants to take a date to Burger King. Finally, a little bit of ear candy for the MP3 Insider holdovers with some knobtastic speaker furniture.
On June 14, the Stanford Racing Team tests Junior, a Volkswagen Passat that has been programmed to drive on its own for the upcoming DARPA Urban Challenge. CNET News.com's Zamir Haider rides along as the vehicle goes through its motions.