The Dagobah System

I, for One, Welcome Our New Robot Overlords

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Hear "Red" Whittaker, conquering professor

Tartan Racing takes to the streets.

While the rest of you were probably out enjoying your weekend, I was sucked into watching hours and hours of the webcast of the DARPA Urban Challenge—a road race involving robotic vehicles trying to navigate real traffic conditions in a suburban environment. Why was it so cool to watch SUVs drive down suburban streets? Because nobody was at the wheel! It was seriously mesmerizing.

Today Alison caught up with the winner of the Challenge, Professor William "Red" Whittaker of Carnegie-Mellon. He led the winning team, Tartan Racing, to victory on the back of a souped-up Chevy Tahoe nicknamed "Boss."

Professor Whittaker told Alison what he's planning to do with the $2 million prize money. Hint: his next project is out of this world.



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