DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Begins
The DARPA robotics challenge aims to jump start the development of humanoid robots that can do dangerous tasks that right now can only be performed by a human. DRC will provide funding for the participating teams and an expected $2 million prize to the winning team.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is part of the United States Department of Defense and is charged with promoting development of new technology that can aid the military.
The DARPA Grand Challenge of 2004, 2005, and 2007 offered $1 million and $2 million prizes for cars that could drive themselves and led to the development of the Google Self Driving car.