​DARPA Hacks GM's OnStar To Remote Control A Chevrolet Impala

In a broad-reaching report by 60 Minutes about DARPA and the Internet of Things, the Department of Defense has shown that it can hack General Motors' OnStar system to remote control a last-gen Chevrolet Impala. » 2/08/15 10:30pm 2/08/15 10:30pm

ATLAS, The Pentagon's Humanoid Robot, Just Got A Major Upgrade

Tremble at the sight of the new and improved ATLAS. Redesigned for DARPA by Boston Dynamics, this robot is now stronger, more energy efficient, more dextrous, and quieter than its clunky predecessor. And best of all, it no longer requires a safety tether. » 1/20/15 3:40pm 1/20/15 3:40pm

The Military's Future Car Is Much Crazier Than You Ever Imagined

An enclosed, armored seat. Cameras and sensors to see through the walls. Crew augmentation. And a fighter-jet style cockpit. DARPA's Ground X-Vehicle Technologies concept is the future fever dream of armored troop transportation. » 10/09/14 1:59pm 10/09/14 1:59pm

DARPA's Experimental Tank May One Day Dodge Incoming Threats

Last month, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency introduced what a next-generation tank might look like. Known as the Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXV-T) program, this experimental vehicle is less like the traditional heavily armored brutes typically on the battlefield. These are built for speed. » 9/07/14 10:21am 9/07/14 10:21am

Self-Guided Bullets That Change Course Midair Are Now Terrifyingly Real

Bot Cameras, Lidar Eyes, and the Driverless Racetrack of the Future

Gizmodo's coverage of the DARPA Robotics Challenge continues with day two at the Homestead Speedway south of Miami. The weekend has arrived and the crowds are here with their kids, cheering on the bots. » 12/21/13 4:53pm 12/21/13 4:53pm

DARPA Tried to Build Skynet in the 1980s

From 1983 to 1993 DARPA spent over $1 billion on a program called the Strategic Computing Initiative. The agency's goal was to push the boundaries of computers, artificial intelligence, and robotics to build something that, in hindsight, looks strikingly similar to the dystopian future of the Terminator movies. They… » 12/18/13 3:58pm 12/18/13 3:58pm

Boeing Designed and Built This Slick VTOL Drone In Just 27 Days

DARPA's always working on a bunch of crazy projects, whether it's to find the next insane robot hero, or just Star Wars robot arms. On their long list of wants is an unmanned "X-Plane" that can do vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) like the dope-ass F-35B. Boeing whipped up this slick contest entry in 27 days. » 9/15/13 9:36am 9/15/13 9:36am

How Lockheed's Skunk Works Got Into The Stealth Fighter Business

How do you hide an airplane behind a bird? Very skillfully. Lt. Col. William B. O'Connor (ret.) flew the F-117 Nighthawk during the Bosnia Conflict, and in Stealth Fighter, he explains the history, operation, and soul America's most advanced stealth jet. » 4/18/12 7:30am 4/18/12 7:30am

DARPA is one step closer to its flying Humvee

When you or I ask for a flying car, we get "Terrafugia's Transition," a roadable aircraft. When DARPA asks for a flying car, they get a Hummer like the one pictured up top — a Hummer that is capable of taking off and landing vertically; traversing off-road terrain with ease; and withstanding small-arms fire, all while… » 11/01/11 4:15pm 11/01/11 4:15pm

World's fastest plane gets test flight today

Even with the world's most powerful computers, there's only so much the brains of the U.S. military can learn about flying at 20 times the speed of sound — 13,000 mph — outside of a real test. That happens today, when the Falcon HTV-2 launches. UPDATE: Anyone seen a hot arrow-shaped plane? » 8/11/11 9:30am 8/11/11 9:30am

The Crowd Delivers: DARPA's XC2V Military Vehicle Arrives On Time

When Local Motors won DARPA's XC2V private "crowd-sourced" competition about 14 weeks ago, they secured the right to build a prototype that could eventually serve as a next-gen military vehicle for U.S. armed forces. Not a lot of time! » 6/27/11 8:01pm 6/27/11 8:01pm

This is the first crowdsourced military vehicle

Phoenix-based Local Motors has been busy building off-road rally cars designed by crowdsourcing. Yesterday, it showed off the results of the same process applied to the idea of a military hauler. » 6/09/11 12:00pm 6/09/11 12:00pm

NASA Wants A “100-Year Starship”

It may sound like science fiction, but after a loose-lipped scientist revealed a NASA/DARPA program to colonize other planets, NASA has confirmed. Some day, your great grandchildren might be driving cars on Mars. » 10/29/10 4:30pm 10/29/10 4:30pm

These Are DARPA's "Flying Humvee" Transformer Concepts

DARPA has now awarded the second of two Transformer "flying Humvee" study contracts to Lockheed Martin. We just want to know when we'll get to see both concepts fight in a desert death match. Let's get ready to rotor! » 10/18/10 12:30pm 10/18/10 12:30pm

Google Reveals Secret Project To Develop Driverless Cars

Google today revealed a secret project to develop driverless cars, saying its test vehicles had driven 140,000 miles using software, sensors and a human minder. Google CEO Eric Schmidt wasn't kidding; Google believes people shouldn't drive. » 10/09/10 4:40pm 10/09/10 4:40pm

Helicopter Crash On Pikes Peak During Audi Commercial Shoot

Officials say a helicopter crashed on Pikes Peak during an Audi commercial shoot today, injuring four. The helicopter was shooting the Driverless Audi TTS. Medical crews are en route, but having difficulty reaching the victims by helicopter. UPDATE. » 9/17/10 11:31am 9/17/10 11:31am

Boeing's New Spy Plane Will Fly For Five Years Straight

The SolarEagle is Boeing's winning design for an unmanned plane capable of continually flying for five years on reconnaissance and communications missions above 65,000 feet. The solar-powered, propeller-driven UAV will begin test flights in 2014. » 9/17/10 10:00am 9/17/10 10:00am

The Military-Designed Flying Car For Dodging Roadside Bombs

America has long had an obsession with the flying automobile, but now the Pentagon may be getting involved. Wired.com's Spencer Ackerman took a look at one man's optimistic proposal to use flying cars to dodge roadside bombs. —Ed. » 7/06/10 2:00pm 7/06/10 2:00pm