The DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) is a competition where systems & software teams compete to build robots that can assist humans in responding to man-made and natural disasters. The finals will be held June 5-6, 2015 at Fairplex in Pomona, California.
Participants represent various international robotics research and development organizations. These organizations are collaborating to create software, hardware, sensors as well as human-machine control interfaces that will allow their robots to finish a series of challenging tasks chosen by DARPA.
Three DRC events focus on software and hardware:
The winning team receives a $2 million prize.
It is expected that the DRC technologies will revolutionize the field of robotics while promoting the development of robots that are capable of operating in dangerous disaster zones.
An important objective of the DRC is to initiate groundbreaking research as well as development in software and hardware that will allow future robots to carry out the most dangerous activities in disaster zones, thereby saving many lives.
DARPA aims at developing robots that are capable of performing four key functions.