[NetBehaviour] Pentagon Awards 2 Million Dollars For Driverless Car

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Tue Oct 11 13:38:38 CEST 2005

*Pentagon Awards 2 Million Dollars For Driverless Car*

Stanley crosses the finish line in Primm, Nev., winning the 2005 DARPA Grand

Image courtesy: Stanford University.
by Marc Lavine

Los Angeles (AFP) Oct 10, 2005
A driverless Volkswagen has won a two million dollar prize offered by the US
Defense Department to the first robotic vehicle to cross the finish line in
a historic desert race, officials said Monday.

The Volkswagen Touareg fielded by California's Stanford University on Sunday
snatched the purse awarded by the Pentagon to help kickstart development of
battlefield robots, Stanford and the Defense Department said.

Experts involved in the milestone said the technology could not only
revolutionize military battles by keeping soldiers out of harm's way, but
could also ultimately save the lives of ordinary motorists.

The winning car, christened "Stanley," was one of five vehicles to cross the
finish line in the 210.5-kilometer (131.6-mile) Defense Advanced Research
Projects Agency (DARPA) Grand Challenge Course held in the Mojave Desert in
US state of Nevada.


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