Competition has teams creating robots that could possibly aid in future disaster relief efforts

(WXYZ) - When disaster strikes in the future, the first responders could be robots.

Teams from around the world gathered in Miami this month for the DARPA Robotics Challenge sponsored by the Defense Department. The goal of the competition is to spur the creation of robots that could aid in disaster relief.

The 16 teams that participated in the trials come from a mix of government, academic and commercial backgrounds.

The robots are rated on eight individual, physical tasks that test mobility, manipulation, dexterity, perception and operator control mechanisms.

The Associated Press reports that the winner in this stage of the competition was a robot from a Japanese company called SCHAFT that was recently bought out by Google.

The top eight teams will go on to compete in the DRC finals which are set for the end of 2014. The winning team will take home a $2 million prize.

To read more about the DARPA Robotics Challenge, go HERE: http://www.theroboticschallenge.org/

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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