DARPA Grand Challenge 2005

In July 2002 DARPA (Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency) in the USA announced a competition to push the development of autonomous vehicles. The aim was to build a vehicle capable of travelling 150 miles without human intervention across the Mojave desert in Arizona.

This happened in March 2004 and there’s a hilarious summary of what happened here.

Make a note in your diary because the 2005 Challenge is just kicking off. Let’s hope that my favourite entrant, the Ghostrider Robot (a motorbike!) has more luck this time.


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