Tourniquets to Robots, Iraq War Innovations Finding Wider Use

The ground robots whose technologies were adapted from the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Grand Challenge program — it offered a $2 million prize for a vehicle to drive autonomously over 132 miles in the desert — may lead one day to autonomous cars, said Peter Singer, author of “Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century” and director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at the Brookings Institution in Washington.