posted on Mar, 14 2004 @ 11:24 PM
Thought somebody might want to follow this
Robot Builders Have Eyes on the Prize
The Pentagon is putting up a $1 million prize for any team that can build a robotic vehicle capable of navigating a tough desert course in under 10
hours without any form of human guidance. But teams competing in the "Grand Challenge" this week are also in the hunt for potentially huge
government contracts tied to high-tech innovations in autonomous vehicle design.
The Grand Challenge, being held in the rough landscape of the Mojave Desert, has tempted amateur techie and engineering squads as well as teams backed
by major government contracting players (Boeing, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman, to name a few). The contest is the brainchild of the Pentagon's
research arm, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and, win or lose, the whittled-down list of teams competing this weekend all are hoping
to catch the eyes of military experts.
"For military researchers, the contest is no joke. Congress wants one-third of ground vehicles used in combat to be autonomous by 2015,