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.
Preparing for the DARPA Challenge: VW's Ghostly Touareg; Rat Fink Goes DARPA: The A.I. Motorvators Team; Inside VW s Hush-Hush SiliValley Facility; Riderless Motorcycle to Compete in DARPA Challenge [internal]