Two years ago, no team made it past the 8 mile marker in the DARPA Challenge. In October, Stanford's team completed the course flawlessly

For the aspiring robotic researcher, winning DARPA's Grand Challenge Race is somewhat akin to winning the Superbowl.  Back in October, a team from Stanford University won the race with their modified Volkswagen Toureg - and cashed in a cool $2M USD in prize money.

Popular Mechanics is running a feature in the January 2006 article of its magazine, and just made the text available on its website.  The website features an in depth look at how Stanford's project won the race, as well as a detailed PDF of some of the finer points of Stanford's entry. 

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