Road Warriors: Robotic vehicles triumph over desert obstacles

By Peter Weiss, 15:53 PM April 15, 2008

Demonstrating unprecedented prowess in robotics and artificial intelligence, five unmanned, autonomous vehicles last weekend dashed all the way across a rugged, 210-kilometer stretch of the Mojave Desert.

Eighteen other vehicles also began the off-road race near the California-Nevada border on Saturday morning, Oct. 8, but fell victim to such difficulties as mechanical breakdowns, sensor failures, and computer glitches.

The successful racers have "proved that it's possible to develop truly aut...

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