Robot cars at the starting line of futuristic race

Beginning today, 35 vehicles will hit the streets of a former Air Force base north of San Diego for a very unusual race.

None of them will have a driver. Not even a remote control.

In a cross between TV’s “Pimp My Ride” and the 1980s hit “Knight Rider,” the goal of the 60-mile DARPA Urban Challenge is not only to finish first, but to develop “thinking” vehicles that can guide themselves through urban settings.

Competitors with names like Sting Racing, Mojavaton, Gator Nation and CajunBot rolled into the former George Air Force Base in Victorville this week from across the nation, including Austin, Atlanta, Gainesville, Fla., and Grand Junction, Colo.

It may sound like a strange science fair, but it’s serious stuff.

Source:  Cox News Service

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