Darpa Urban Challenge
I'm not much of a car junkie, but I covered the Darpa Challenge when I was in the US and ever since I've had a soft-spot for Robot Cars. The Urban Challenge, the final of which takes place on November 3rd, will turn country mouse robot cars into urbane street warriors as teams try and build cars that can navigate an urban environment unaided. No word on whether they will awarding points for spinners and megawatt stereos.
More on the Urban Challenge from Darpa's site here. Other finalists websites are Tartan Racing, Stanford, Cornell, Ben Franklin and Carolo You can listen to my podcast from the 2005 Darpa Grand Challenge here.