On Oct 09 2008, microsoft launched a brand new robotics challenge in the official web site robochamps.

It’s sponsored by KIA Motors, which is a great company producing cars.

Participants can have the opportunity to choose from 1 of 5 robot cars based on real KIA models in the virtual environment. Anyone who participates in the challenge is required to program those cars to navigate a course through a large city. And there are some devices being equipped with the cars,such as cameras, laser ranger finder, contact sensors and a GPS unit.

The prizes of this challenge is really attractive. The first place winner will bring home a real car produced by KIA which has the approximate retail value of US$15,000. The detail information for this challenge can be fount at this link.

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