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    John Deere’s Gator XUV side-by-sides are known as hard working and rugged machines. However, a group of college seniors has taken the Gator XUV a step further – by having it drive itself.

    Five seniors from Olin College (Nicholas Hobbs, Jacob Izraelevitz, Daniel Grieneisen, Ann Wu and Arash Ushani ) have been working with Draper Laboratory for the past nine months to continue a collaboration to build a capable, autonomous off-road vehicle. The Gator XUV that they were working on can now drive itself through complex environments that require the vehicle to detect paths, and identify and avoid obstacles.

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      MX vs. ATV: Alive, the latest iteration in THQ’s hit series, goes on sale on May 10. ATV.com will be receiving copy soon and you can expect a full review in the coming weeks.

      We had a lot of fun with MX vs. ATV Untamed when we reviewed it a few years back and our hopes are high for Alive. What should make things interesting this time around is that users will get to choose branded machines. Manufacturers like Suzuki and Yamaha have signed on so you won’t have to use the mystery machines any more.

      Game play also looks to be improved with “bar-to-bar racing.” According to THQ, this allows for increased physical contact between racers and should cut down a little on the crashing. It’s designed to more closely simulate actual racing, which can only be a good thing.

      We’ll let you know what we think of everything after we get our hands on the game.

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