Darpa's debacle in the desert

March 2004
Engineer (00137758);3/19/2004, Vol. 293 Issue 7647, p6
A U.S. Army robot vehicle challenge turned into a debacle in the desert when every entrant crashed or broke down. Defence research agency Darpa had offered $1million to the developer of any unmanned vehicle that could cross 150 miles of California's most unforgiving terrain. Darpa had organized the "Grand Challenge" to help development of future unmanned combat vehicles. The agency denied the event had been a flop claiming valuable lessons had been learned, and is expected to stage a repeat in 2006.


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