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Resource List:  DARPA Grand Challenge 3: Urban Challenge
The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) grand challenges have been held every year since 2005. The grand challenges are races, wacky races style. The vehicles are all robots, self-driving AI vehicles. No human input to speak of. If the robots cannot navigate the track all on their own, they don?t win.

The first challenge, and the second were both desert races. Mojave Desert, Nevada, deep in the Primm Valley, was host to both. The first, in 2005 was A washout. Not one robot made it to the 10-mile mark, let alone the 144-mile finish line. In 2006, the worst robot made it 11 miles, and a total of eight vehicles finished, the first one netting $2,000,000 in prize money ? and bragging rights.

Now, the third challenge is upcoming. This one will be very different.

Desert driving has been conquered. Robotic vehicles have proved they can handle themselves. Now, we are testing a much harsher, much harder environment ? city streets.

The third DARPA annual Grand Challenge competition will take place in Victorville, California on November 3, 2007. The site is the former George Air Force Base, which is now an Army urban military training facility that offers a network of urban roads that simulate the type of terrain American forces operate in when deployed overseas.

Locally Hosted resource DARPA Grand Challenge 2: Record of Events

VWN's coverage of the DARPA Grand Challenge 2, in 2006.

Locally Hosted resource DARPA Grand Challenge 3: Urban Challenge Announced

The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has announced it will hold its third annual Grand Challenge competition on November 3, 2007.

Locally Hosted resource DARPA picks Urban Challenge semi-finalists

The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected 36 development teams as semi-finalists in its Urban Challenge competition to develop autonomous vehicles that can function in common traffic situations.