Another go for local robots

Two years after its debilitating collapse in the desert, a local team of robotic car creators is back in the running in a key government competition. The Defense Department announced Thursday that "Team Jefferson," led by Paul Perrone, is one of 36 semi-finalists in the quest for a robotic car.

Two years ago, the shoestring-budgeted Team Jefferson found itself a media darling as one of the stars in a PBS "Nova" episode. But what Perrone really wanted was victory. Come October, he'll get another chance in this Urban Challenge which carries a $2 million first prize.

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