The German Army holds robot-car challenge

9th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

9 May 2006, HAMMELBURG, Germany - The German Army is to host Europe's first robot-car race next week, with 21 off-road vehicles negotiating a course through an army training ground without any human guidance.

9 May 2006

HAMMELBURG, Germany - The German Army is to host Europe's first robot-car race next week, with 21 off-road vehicles negotiating a course through an army training ground without any human guidance.

The event will be similar to the DARPA Grand Challenge in the United States last year, in which eight autonomous vehicles completed a desert course of about 240 kilometres entirely under computer control. But there will be no prize in the German version.

The German armed forces said 21 vehicles had been entered for the first European Land Robot Trial, to be held May 16-18 at the Hammelburg infantry training ground in southern Germany.

Companies and universities from France, Britain, Portugal and Germany, which were not eligible as non-Americans to enter teams for the annual DARPA Grand Challenge, registered the cars.

Armies as well as police and fire brigades are keen to develop vehicles that can go into danger without risking human lives.

DPA

Subject: German News

 

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