05/06/2015 05:02 BST | Updated 05/06/2015 05:59 BST

DARPA Robotics Challenge 2015: Final Search For Best Disaster Response Droid Begins

The countdown to the DARPA Robotics Challenge has begun as the finals kick off tomorrow in Pomona, California.

A total of 24 teams will be competing to give us the ultimate disaster response robot and win the grand prize of $3.5m (£2.3m).

The aim of the challenge is to create a bot that will be able to function like a human in hazardous conditions with minimal expert supervision.


The four-year old competition, conceived after the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear disaster, will see each of the robots complete a circuit with a series of tasks including climbing stairs, clearing rubble, driving a vehicle, cutting through walls and performing a surprise task,

Meet the finalists:

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