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Photos: On the road to DARPA robot race

DARPA sponsors the Urban Grand Challenge to help foster development of robotic cars in private industry, and teams will compete in the semifinals at the end of Octover at the George Airforce base in Victorville, Calif.

Stanford's robot is Junior.
Stanford's robot is Junior, a modified 2006 VW Passat. Miriam Olsson/CNET News.com

After a two-year break since its last robot race, the U.S. government's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will hold the semifinals of its Urban Grand Challenge from October 26 through October 31.

Teams are expected to descend on the dusty town of Victorville, Calif., to race their modified robotic cars through a mock city at the former George Air Force Base. The winner of first place will take home $2 million; second place, $1 million and third, $500,000.

Click here for a photo gallery of the competitors.