The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) intends to
conduct a race of autonomous ground vehicles (see “Technical
Details” for a definition) from the vicinity of Los Angeles, CA to
Las Vegas, NV in 2004. A cash prize will be awarded to the winner.
The course will feature both on-road and off-road portions and will
include extremely rugged, challenging terrain and obstacles. The
purpose of the race is to stimulate interest in and encourage the
accelerated development of autonomous ground vehicle technologies
that could be used by the US military.
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Sounds like a fun challenge actually. An autonomous vehicle that needs to
travel 300 miles over uncertain terrain and any refueling must be
autonomous as well (although each team can place the refueling station along
the route before the race begins). And a cool $1,000,000 to the winner.
Unfortunately, unlike Full Metal Challenge, the
teams do not get funding before hand …
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