Nova: Great Robot Race

WGBH Boston Video   (2006) / Region 1
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Nova: Great Robot Race

Twenty-three bizarre looking vehicles line up at the starting gate of the DARPA Grand Challenge with one thing in common: there's nobody behind the wheel. Sponsored by the Pentagon's research agency, this race for robotic, driverless vehicles has a $2 million prize. Its ultimate goal is to gather new ideas for the future of unmanned warfare.

With names like Terramax, Highlander, Ghostrider, and Stanley, these vehicles are armed with cutting-edge technology, including artificial intelligence, laser-guided vision, GPS navigation, and 3-D mapping systems. But can some of the world's most advanced robots overcome a grueling, 130-mile stretch of Nevada's scorching desert terrain?

NOVA follows the competing engineering teams as the deal with the glitches, system crashes, and tight deadlines that threaten to derail them at every turn. NOVA's cameras capture the race's technical challenges, hilarious pitfalls, and a final twist as a surprise contender comes up from behind to steal the race.

Details

  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Jun 16 2006
  • Production Year 2006
  • Empire SKU 1165927
  • UPC Code 783421407992
  • Studio  WGBH Boston Video
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-SL

Features

Printable materials for educators
Access to the NOVA Web site
Scene Selection
Described video for the visually impaired

Audio/Video

  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.85:1 Color

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