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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is the central research and development organization for the Department of Defense (DoD).  DARPA’s mission is to leverage ingenuity and research to develop transformational technologies that give our armed forces a decisive edge.

DARPA Grand Challenge
Created in response to a Congressional and DoD mandate, DARPA Grand Challenge is a field test intended to accelerate research and development in autonomous ground vehicles that will help save American lives on the battlefield.  The Grand Challenge brings together individuals and organizations from industry, the R&D community, government, the armed services, academia, students, backyard inventors, and automotive enthusiasts in the pursuit of a technological challenge.


 June 8, 2004

 Grand Challenge 2005 Announcement

 March 11, 2005

 Application Deadline (CLOSED)

 April 4, 2005

 Site Visit Announcement

 June 6, 2005

 Semifinalist Announcement

 Sept. 27-Oct. 5, 2005 

 National Qualification Event
 California Speedway (Fontana, California)

 October 8, 2005

 Grand Challenge Event

Grand Challenge 2004
The Grand Challenge 2004 field test of autonomous ground vehicles ran from Barstow, California to Primm, Nevada offered a $1 million prize.  From the qualifying round at the California Speedway, 15 finalists emerged to attempt the Grand Challenge.  However, the prize went unclaimed as no vehicles were able to complete the difficult desert route.

Grand Challenge 2005
The Grand Challenge 2005 was held on October 8, 2005 in the desert Southwest.  The Stanford Racing Team won the $2 million prize with the winning time of 6 hours, 53 minutes.  A total of five teams completed the Grand Challenge course which was 132 miles over desert terrain.  Further information on Grand Challenge 2005 can be found in the rules.

Last Updated: December 31, 2007

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