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What do you get when the military sponsors a 132-mile robot race across the desert with a $2 million prize? Some pretty sweet robots.
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.
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.
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
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.
Folks from Stanford show off their highly competitive robot hockey players.
From 1997: Ryan Seacrest hangs with amateur rocket makers in the Nevada desert.
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.
Molly Wood visits the University of California at Berkeley racing team, grabs a helmet, and takes a ride in its 100 percent solar-powered race car.
Crossing the Pacific in the Southern Cross, and what happened to the Space Shuttle Challenger.