One of the most visible gauges of the quality of a university's robotics program is how it finishes in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's self-driving car races.
This car, Stanford University's "Junior," a modified Volkswagen Passat, participated in the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge at a former Air Force base in Oro Grande, Calif.
Although "Junior" crossed the finish line first, a rival car from Carnegie Mellon University was faster overall.
May 28, 2009 4:00 AM PDT
Photo by: Stefanie Olsen/CNET
| Caption by: Caroline McCarthy
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