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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 urban obstacles like buildings, traffic signs, other cars, and guys carrying huge, silver radios on their shoulders [Keep the jokes in this decade, Mr. Kotter โ€” ed.]. The simulated course will be 60 miles long , part of which will involve pulling into a parking lot, buying beer and avoiding a simulated juvie officer [Better โ€” ed.]

Robot cars will race in real traffic [New Scientist]

Anthem For a New Tomorrow: Robot Cars Will Save Us! [internal]