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US$1.6 million prize pool for joint Australia-US UGV challenge

13th July 2009 - 08:15 GMT | by in Canberra

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The Australian Department of Defence and the United States Army Research Development & Engineering Command (RDECOM) are jointly sponsoring a new urban unmanned ground vehicle grand challenge competition with a prize pool of US$1.6 million.

The Multi-Autonomous Ground-robotic International Challenge (or MAGIC) is intended to “attract innovative proposals from worldwide research organisations to develop next-generation fully autonomous ground vehicle systems that can be deployed effectively in military operations and civilian emergency situations” say organisers.

The competition will demonstrate “advanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities using a UGV in what competition organisers describe as a “dynamic urban environment”.

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