Question Sheet: Robots on a Rocky Road

SCIENCE

Before reading:

  1. How far do you think an unmanned car equipped with sensors and navigation equipment could go on its own without crashing? What factors might determine the distance that the vehicle travels?
  2. What is a "smart" technology?

During reading:

  1. What does DARPA stand for?
  2. Why are self-controlled, or autonomous, vehicles important to the U.S. military?
  3. What disasters befell the competing vehicles?
  4. Describe Carnegie Mellon's vehicle. How much did it cost?
  5. What was the rac...

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