January 03, 2004
25 DARPA Grand Challenge Teams Selected

After quarreling between DARPA, some big well-funded teams, and some of the smaller teams and hobbyists, the 25 teams who will be competing in the DARPA autonomous ground vehicle Grand Challenge have been chosen [via wmf].

A quote from the Register article:

These talented participants will bring fresh thinking to autonomous ground vehicle technology for national defense. I am confident that our warfighters will benefit in the coming years from the technologies that these teams will be fielding in the Grand Challenge.

Make no mistake, this is a military project. I know at least one person who quit working on a team for moral reasons.

(Apparently the International Robot Racing Federation is going to hold a clone of the Grand Challenge competition, complete with $1 million prize. Sponsorship by community colleges and coverage by Art Bell makes me a little skeptical about this.)

Posted by jjwiseman at January 03, 2004 07:15 PM

Coverage by Art Bell? That is when *I* would quit for moral reasons.

Posted by: Matthew Ernest on January 3, 2004 09:04 PM
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