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A team from Stanford University won the Grand Challenge autonomous vehicle race organized by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Using a Volkswagen Touareg SUV they called Stanley, the Stanford team was able to finish the 211 km racecourse stretching through Nevada's Mojave Desert in six hours and 53 minutes, winning the $2 million purse. With three other vehicles finishing the race in less than 10 hours, the Grand Challenge showcases how far robotics has improved over the last few years.
Date of Publication: Dec. 2005