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Google Drives Into Robotic Competition

At the NASCAR racetrack in Miami this weekend spectators watched some of the world's most advanced legged robots compete. Two of the robot makers now owned by Google dominated the contest, per Will Knight. The robots, which were operated remotely, demonstrated how they would cope with disaster. They faced eight tasks: walking over uneven ground; moving chunks of debris from a walkway; turning a valve; drilling a hole in a wall; climbing a ladder; maneuvering through several doors; manipulating a hose; and driving a golf cart along a snaking course.

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