PR2 combines the mobility to navigate human environments and the dexterity to grasp and manipulate objects in those environments.
Willow Garage's first projects were an SUV entrant into the DARPA Grand Challenge and an autonomous solar powered boat for deploying scientific payloads in open oceans. In the Fall of 2006, Eric Berger and Keenan Wyrobek were recruited from Stanford to start the Willow Garage Personal Robotics Program. They founded the Stanford Personal Robotics Program to build prototypes for the platform technologies that would enable the personal robotics industry. At Willow Garage they continued to execute on that mission with ROS, an open source robot operating system, and the PR2 robotics development platform.