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Robot cars ride again

Robot cars ride again

Wayne Cunningham Managing Editor / Roadshow
Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET's Roadshow. Prior to the automotive beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine.
Wayne Cunningham
Last year, we watched as 5 cars out of 20 completed a 132-mile desert course in the . DARPA just announced the Third Grand Challenge, to be run on November 3, 2007, which will require making it through only a 60-mile course. The catch is that those 60 miles will be run through urban terrain, complete with traffic and busy intersections. The desert course was tough and required not only solid robotics but also a vehicle with real off-road chops. Last year's winning VW Touareg, Stanley from the Stanford team, might fare OK in this setting, but Team TerraMax's giant vehicle would probably run into problems--unless it can just drive over obstacles. I'll place my bets on the team that uses a Honda Fit.