Learn more about Stanley's first race victory in the Grand Challenge by visiting the original version of this website. The Grand Challenge was an off-road robot competition devised by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) to promote research in the area of autonomous vehicles. The challenge consisted of building a robot capable of navigating 175 miles through desert terrain in less than 10 hours, with no human intervention.
On October 9, 2005, Stanley and the Stanford Racing Team were awarded 2 million dollars for being the first team to complete the 132 mile DARPA Grand Challenge course in California's Mohave Desert. Stanley finished in just under 6 hours 54 minutes and averaged over 19 mph on the course.