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I've blogged several times on the DARPA Grand Challenge, an open race across the desert by autonomous vehicles, open to anyone, with a $1 million prize.

Well, they had it today, and here are the results:

Two of the entries covered about seven miles of the roughly 150-mile course while eight failed to make it to the one-mile mark. Others crashed seconds after starting.

The race ended just before 11 a.m. after the final four competitors were disabled, said Col. Jose Negron, race program manager. Competitors suffered a variety of problems that included stuck brakes, broken axles, rollovers and malfunctioning satellite navigation equipment.

One six-wheeled robot built by a Louisiana team was disqualified after it became entangled in barbed wire.

Not so hot. In a 150-mile race, the best two made it 7 miles.

I just don't think this is doable with current technology. Still, it'll be fun to track the progress of the race over the next few years.

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