The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) is planning to make things much harder for teams that will compete in the finals of its disaster-response Robotics Challenge, now being planned to take place in the next 12-18 months. Teams competing in the Darpa Robotics Challenge (DRC) trials in December did better than expected, so the agency plans to raise the bar for the finals, requiring more robust performance from the robots in more difficult conditions. A $2 million prize is ...

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