DARPA's Urban Challenge 2007

having a A
huge leap forward to robotics R&D
(my 10/05 post
Autonomous land vehicles - drivers not required
), DARPA has again raised the bar.
Now entering the realm of “The
real urban driving challenge
” and the deadline is 3rd Nov 2007. Beside
boundary conditions, how the machines would do? How well the artificial
neural network training will hold up against a true urban environment, we will
find out. Can’t wait to see an autonomous vehicle running a light (or not). Kudos to the scientists and developers working on it.

This reminds me, one of the
objections on Alan Turing’s 1950’s artificial intelligence paper was that a computer will NEVER be able to “Drive in
the center of Cairo”; that day is not too far!

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