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Stanford Wins Robot Race

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PRIMM, Nev., Oct. 11 -- Stanley, a robotic Volkswagon Touareg built by Stanford University, beat other autonomous ground vehicles in the 2005 Grand Challenge race, sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Stanford computer scientist Sebastian Thrun led the team, which wins the $2 million prize because it finished the entire Mojave desert course in the shortest elapsed time under 10 hours -- six hours, 53 minutes and 58 seconds (6:53:58). The off-road race, which began Saturday and ended Sunday, pitted 23 autonomous vehicles on a 132-mile desert course that began...Read full article

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