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The first qualifying round of the DARPA Grand Challenge — the big, desert robot-off that comes with a $2 million grand prize — got underway in California yesterday. Fewer than half of the 16 vehicles that started the two-mile course finished, though one competitor, a Volkswagen Touareg named Stanley (don't ask) breezed through it in 10 minutes. More qualifying rounds will take place before the Grand Challenge proper takes place on October 8.

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