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Robot Road Test: Navigating City Streets

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Robot Road Test: Navigating City Streets

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Carnegie Mellon University's Tartan Racing took first place in the DARPA Urban Challenge for their robotized 2007 Chevy Tahoe — a self-driving SUV named 'Boss.' Video courtesy of Brian Staszel and Carnegie Mellon Tartan Racing hide caption

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Several years ago, the U.S. military research agency DARPA challenged engineers to develop robotic vehicles that could successfully navigate a course in the Mojave Desert. Now, DARPA has upped the ante, asking teams to build robotic vehicles that can be trusted to safely drive on city streets.

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William 'Red' Whittaker, professor of robotics at the Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

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