Military to Devise Self-Driving Combat Vehicles Self-driving vehicles is a theme of a U.S. military contest. There won't be soldiers in the driver's seat of these vehicles. The cars will be "autonomously driven" by robots. Congress has told the Pentagon it wants a third of America's ground combat vehicles controlled autonomously by 2015.

Military to Devise Self-Driving Combat Vehicles

Military to Devise Self-Driving Combat Vehicles

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Self-driving vehicles is a theme of a U.S. military contest. There won't be soldiers in the driver's seat of these vehicles. The cars will be "autonomously driven" by robots. Congress has told the Pentagon it wants a third of America's ground combat vehicles controlled autonomously by 2015.

DEBORAH AMOS, host:

Well, if GM is trying to make bulletproof cars that exceed people's expectations, it might want to take a look to the DARPA urban challenge for ideas.

Our last word in business today is self-driving vehicles. That's the theme of a U.S. military contest that will take place on a decommissioned Air Force base in California later this month. Thirty-six finalists have been selected to take part in the driving contest on a network of roads meant to simulate Baghdad.

There won't be soldiers in the driver's seat of these vehicles. The cars will be autonomously driven by robots. Congress has told the Pentagon it wants a third of America's ground-combat vehicles controlled by robots by 2015. So the contest hopes to create smarter robotic vehicles for the military to use in war. And the military pays big for vehicles without soldiers: first prize, two million bucks.

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Deborah Amos.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

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