History of DARPA Challenges History

In 2001, the U.S. Congress mandated that one-third of all ground vehicles in the U.S. Armed Forces be replaced with robotic vehicles by the year 2015.

The Department of Defense (DoD) quickly realized this deadline would be impossible to accomplish through traditional research and development models. The technical challenge wasn't insurmountable. After all, we have sent robots to Mars. Instead, the greatest challenge was the timeline. A solution needed to be developed at a lightning pace.

The director of DARPA , Dr. Tony Tether; believed the problem could be solved by enlisting the creativity and innovation of American inventors and entrepreneurs in the effort. Americans love challenge. Americans love competition. Thus, the DARPA Grand Challenge was born.

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    In 2001, the U.S. Congress mandated that one-third of all ground vehicles in the U.S. Armed Forces be replaced with robotic vehicles by the year 2015.


    Source: DARPA

    The Department of Defense (DoD) quicklyrealized this deadline would be impossible to accomplish through traditional research and development models. The technical challenge wasn't insurmountable. After all, we have sent robots to Mars. Instead, the greatest challenge was the timeline. A solution needed to be developed at a lightning pace.

    The director of DARPA , Dr. Tony Tether; believed the problem could be solved by enlisting the creativity and innovation of American inventors and entrepreneurs in the effort. Americans love challenge. Americans love competition. Thus, the DARPA Grand Challenge was born.

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