There is an hour long Nova documentary program called “The Great Robot Race”. It is divided in seven chapters which are completed online for your free viewing at pbs.org.
Teams modified vehicles with hardware sensors and software code so that the vehicles can navigate an 132 miles course in the Mohave desert without any driver or remote control. And the course must be completed within 10 hours. This race is known as the Grand Challenge with a 2 million dollar prize to the winner. This may sound easy, but it is a tough problem that takes a large amount of work and effort by many people to solve.