Robot Vehicles Race for $2 Million Prize

Stanford University's high-tech Volkswagen kicks up a cloud of dust.

Stanford University's high-tech Volkswagen kicks up a cloud of dust about eight miles into the race. Jeff Brady, NPR hide caption

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Teams from across the country launched 40 robots Saturday on a 150-mile trek through the Nevada desert. The Pentagon's advanced research agency will pay $2 million to the winner. Last year, no robot finished the course.

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