Some of the most high-tech vehicles in the world will compete for big money by zipping around a race course tomorrow, all without one low-tech component—a human driver. Eleven robotic vehicles will race in a simulated city environment at a former Air Force base in California, Forbes reports. The winner gets $2 million and a crack at military contracts.
Top robotics teams from leading universities will compete in the Urban Challenge, run by a military agency known as DARPA. The goal is to develop technology that would allow driverless vehicles to deliver supplies to troops. The cars will have to make real-time decisions about roadblocks, lane changes, and intersections. Dozens of cars with real drivers will also be on the course.