Last years Robot Challenge, the DARPA funded drone only rally fizzled in the Mojave desert last year. The best performance was Carnegie Mellon's robo-Hummer, Sandstorm, which only made 7.5 miles before it bogged down and a wheel caught fire as it spun around. Indeed, the entire race was hamstrung by a series of mechanical failures, blunders, and just plain stupid bots. But hey, nobody said it was going to be easy.
The Robot Challenge is back again this year, with double the money- a 2 million dollar prize for the bot that can run the 150 mile race to the end. A lot of hard lessons were learned last year, and hopefully this year will see some real winners!!!
See Defensetech.org for more information.