“The more you drive, the stupider you get.” - Miller (Tracey Walter) in the movie Repo Man
If the United States Department of Defense has anything to say about it, you could be doing a lot less driving in about 10 years.
Maybe you have the robot bug; perhaps you have the car bug. Even if you have neither, you might have a desperate optimism to see that you spend too much time on the road driving from place to place and that you desperately want to have a driverless car some time in the near future. It feels like it has been a long time in coming, but an answer may be in the works in our lifetimes as the results of a variety of DARPA challenges are analyzed and results are churned out.
DARPA (aka the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) is the central research organization of the U.S. Department of Defense. Authorized by Congress to give cash prizes in order to support the agency’s undertaking to promote innovative and high-return research that seeks to connect “basic discoveries” and how they can be adapted to national security. Results of these efforts have produced such items as defense against ballistic missiles, nuclear test detection equipment, the Internet and GPS technology.
In its most well-publicized effort to date, DARPA has set up a number of contests over the years to help bolster the
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