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Those robot-car DARPA Grand Challenge desert race winners from Stanford University are at it again. This time instead of sending their VW Touareg to pick its way through the desert, a robotically-controlled car will attempt to find its way from San Francisco City Hall to downtown Los Angeles at highway speeds in October, 2007. The team is considering a VW Passat wagon for this version 2.0, and the vehicle will have a human in the car as a copilot, ready to take over if the automaton somehow loses its way. No word as to whether this stunt will take place during rush hour. The optimistic Stanford researchers say robotic cars may drive us to work in five to ten years. First things first, Professor.

Robot to drive in California traffic [Autoblog]