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

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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 — 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 — ed.]

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Al Navarro

If anyone saw the documentary on the last DARPA Grand Challenge, you'll know that this event better be held on a Long Beach/Monaco street GP type course complete with requisite strong fencing.

Some of the errant robocars went well off course, occasionally carrying significant speed. Let's just say that I hope to watch this on TV and no behind some flinky chain link fence.