The ATLAS robot being developed by Boston Dynamics, Inc. that is based on its Petman humanoid robot platform
The first VRC task involved the robot walking to, entering and driving a utility vehicle along a course with obstacles, and then exiting the vehicle and walking through a final checkpoint
Rear view of a simulated ATLAS robot preparing to drive a utility vehicle as part of DARPA's Virtual Robotics Challenge
In the second VRC task, teams had to guide the robot over a series of terrain, including mud, uneven ground and a debris-littered path
In the third VRC task, the robot had to pick up a hose, connect it to a pipe and turn a valve
DARPA has announced the nine winners of its Virtual Robotics Challenge (VRC). The VRC, which ran from the 17th to the 21st of this month, was the first of three events that make up the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) and tasked the 26 competing teams with developing software that would enable a disaster response robot to quickly and successfully perform three tasks that it would likely encounter in a disaster zone.
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