Team Banzai, is on their way to the national semi-finals of the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge with “Dora” -- the world’s first fully-autonomous vehicle driven by Mac OS X. Dora the Explorer? Not quite. Dora is a 2004 V6 Volkswagon Touareg, silly. No human drivers, no remote controls - just a can of Mac OS X whoop-ass and a dream. All aspects of development and race management efforts at Team Banzai use Apple and Mac OS X technology.
"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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