Xeni Jardin posts a link to these videos of the DARPA Grand Challenge, the recent robot race across the Nevada desert. It’s entertaining to watch the robots weave their way out of the starting gate, bump into things, or merely stop moving, sit for a minute, and then start smoking. But the amazing thing is how far some of them actually get and how well they *do* drive. Remember, these are completely autonomous vehicles, not remote-controlled cars.

In other Boing Boing news: robots dance (thanks, Mark).