"The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) will conduct the second Grand Challenge for autonomous robotic ground vehicles. Approximately 20 robots will navigate a course of more than 140 miles over rugged desert terrain in the southwest United States. The team whose vehicle completes the course the fastest—in less than 10 hours—will receive a check for $2 million. The intent of the Grand Challenge is to encourage participation in robotics R&D by nontraditional individuals and organizations—outside the Military/Defense procurement sector—who may offer new, innovative ways of thinking that lead to scientific or technological breakthroughs."
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