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

Stanford Takes the Message to the Streets, DARPA-Style

One may recall Stanley, the robo-Touareg that won the 2nd DARPA Grand Challenge. Well, now the boffins in Paly are working a successor to the SUV, based on a Passat known as Junior. Junior's designed to navigate an urban environment, rather than a desert off-road course. DARPA plans to announce the location of the next … » 2/19/07 12:45pm 2/19/07 12:45pm

Next DARPA Grand Challenge to Be Held on City Streets, First 11 Teams…

As we mentioned earlier this year, the next DARPA Grand Challenge will remove all those spanky autonomous vehicles from the desert and drop them onto city streets, albiet mocked-up ones. Entrants, like VW's and Stanford University's Stanley the Touareg (pictured), must follow all traffic laws to find their way around… » 10/04/06 3:57pm 10/04/06 3:57pm

Unmanned in the Streets: China Company Demos Driverless Car

China's grandees may soon find themselves chauffeured in limos navigated by the people's microchips. A Chinese car company recently tested a luxury model that can recognize its enviroment, and handle such driver-intensive tasks as making a turnoff, stopping at street crossings, staying within roadway lines and… » 9/11/06 9:21am 9/11/06 9:21am

Golf, Drive Thyself: Volkswagen Builds Self-Driving Hatchback

Volkswagen's unveiled a fully self-driving hatchback that can take its meatware friends for a ride. Sporting a Byzantine system of sensors (radar and laser), sat-nav and software, the GTI can negotiate a race course, swerve through cones and hit speeds of up to 150 mph — whether it can clear a mountain pass or navigate … » 7/03/06 8:55am 7/03/06 8:55am

Robot, I'm Thinking of a Number: Honda Develops Robot Controlled by…

The newest ESP technology from Honda has not a thing to do with traction control. The company recently demonstrated a system through which brain signals can guide a robotic hand. Holy crap, you say? Yes, exactly. Developed with Japan's Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International, the system uses… » 6/02/06 9:00am 6/02/06 9:00am

Stanley the Touareg Aces First Round of DARPA Grand Challenge

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 … » 9/30/05 10:14am 9/30/05 10:14am