Self-driving Tahoe equipped with radar, 25 lasers
- PHOTOS: New art and old relics at Mickey Mouse's NYC gallery 25 Pictures
- PHOTOS: See Yes on 3 supporters react to historic transgender rights Question 3 win 11 Pictures
- PHOTOS: A look back at Queen performing in the 1970s and 1980s 22 Pictures
- All of these celebrities have had their nudes leaked 35 Pictures
- PHOTOS: A look at Idris Elba's style through the years 20 Pictures
- PHOTOS: Heidi Klum's annual Halloween party and other amazing celebrity costumes 17 Pictures
- These are the spookiest cities per capita in the U.S. 5 Pictures
- Food Network star talks pumpkin carving 1 Pictures
- Who is Alexander Edwards, Amber Rose's new boyfriend? 9 Pictures
- Is Cardi B pregnant again? This tweet has people guessing 6 Pictures
- Natural Museum's best wildlife photos of the year 5 Pictures
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense that’s responsible for the development of new technology for use by the military.
Its latest project is to encourage the development of vehicles that will drive themselves, autonomously.
“Boss,” a Chevrolet Tahoe, is a robotic vehicle that is equipped with 25 lasers, cameras and radars to view the world — sensing objects such as buildings, pedestrians and cars. It also sees features like lane markings, curbs and sidewalks.
Its planning software generates routes through road networks.
The “Boss” Tahoe will be put to the test during The Urban Challenge, a 96.5-km (60-mile) race across a city or suburban environment where a number of robots will be interacting with traffic and other vehicles. While much of the development of these vehicles will have a profound effect on the safety of combat troops, consumers and businesses will also gain.
Autonomous-drive vehicles could some day play a role in mining, farming and other potentially dangerous tasks, as well.