I don’t really care about car racing. But the DARPA recently held a rather different kind of “car race” which every nerd simply has to love: The DARPA Urban Challenge

“Vehicles competing in the Urban Challenge will have to think like human drivers and continually make split-second decisions to avoid moving vehicles, including robotic vehicles without drivers, and operate safely on the course. The urban setting adds considerable complexity to the challenge faced by the robotic vehicles, and replicates the environments where many of today’s military missions are conducted.”

Can a robot car obey traffic rules? Can a robot car parallel park?

Watch the official video (27MB) or try your luck on youtube to find out.

Needless to say that the DARPA probably cares less about traffic rules than about building fully automated killing machines.