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

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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

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

DARPA Looking For Someone To Build Flying Cars

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is looking for a few inventive companies looking for cash to develop the holy grail of automotive awesomeness — flying cars. As part of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) proposal, DARPA is looking for actionable plans for a military vehicle able to hold… » 11/13/08 2:30pm 11/13/08 2:30pm

DARPA Winner's Victory Lap To End At Smithsonian

The Volkswagen Touareg that was crowned as the first DARPA Grand Challenge winner in 2005 (the first challenge was in 2004, but no winners were crowned) is making a grand tour that will eventually lead the fully autonomous vehicle to the top dog of museums, the Smithsonian. The Touareg was nicknamed "Stanley" since it's… » 6/23/08 3:00pm 6/23/08 3:00pm

Robo-Cars Take Next Step, Standardized Communications With JAUS

After proving unmanned ground vehicles could do things all on their own in the DARPA Grand Challenge and then following up with the Urban Challenge it was time to start talking the same language. SAE has standardized the communications protocols for umanned vehicles and has given it a sexy name to boot — Joint… » 4/14/08 5:00pm 4/14/08 5:00pm