Robots compete in DARPA's Subterranean Challenge to prep for alien life hunt

The first test, running this week, is the Tunnel Circuit. In this, teams must map old mining tunnels and find certain objects hidden inside, such as phones and heated mannequins. No humans are allowed in the tunnels of course – teams have to send in robots of their own design to do the dirty work for them. The winner is the team that marks the locations of the most objects, accurate to within 5 m (16.4 ft).

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