Driverless car on a track. The car is called "Stanley".

Road Warriors / Guerreros de la carretera

3 East
Opens July 23, 2024

Stanley, the self-driving winner of a historic robotic vehicle race in 2005, will become the landmark object on east wing of the museum’s third floor, connecting the military and political history exhibitions. At the time of Stanley’s development, the U.S. was looking to military-sponsored innovation and political need to reduce casualties and broaden the role of robots during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The blue Volkswagen Touareg competed in the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Grand Challenge robot race. Made by a Stanford University team of faculty and students in collaboration with Volkswagen and a number of corporate sponsors, the vehicle helped revolutionize driverless car technology. It was developed at a time when major corporations were just forming the idea and few states approved them for road use.