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Ivan Kirigin's views on Robotics & Culture: future. perfect. progress.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

More on Grand Challenge Urban

The Third Grand Challenge will be hard. Read the pdf link for some details. Section 2.3 is especially important.

I don't know we will have a winner if the envrionment is very unconstrained.

On the plus side, robotic vehicles will be much, much closer to reality if we do have a winner. I'd expect comercialization within a year of completion of the course, and certainly deployed military applications within 2 years.

Note that one big problem with deployment are regulations. Though you can't guarentee human drivers, folks might want to guarenee a robot driver's safety. I think the razzle-dazzle of the event would convince plenty of people of the safety of a winning system.

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