DARPA Cheetah Sets Speed Record for Legged Robots

DARPA Cheetah Sets Speed Record for Legged Robots

This video shows a demonstration of the “Cheetah” robot galloping at speeds of up to 18 miles per hour (mph), setting a new land speed record for legged robots. The previous record was 13.1 mph, set in 1989. The robot’s movements are patterned after those of fast-running animals in nature. The robot increases its stride and running speed by flexing and un-flexing its back on each step, much as an actual cheetah does. The current version of the Cheetah robot runs on a laboratory treadmill where it is powered by an off-board hydraulic pump, and uses a boom-like device to keep it running in the center of the treadmill. Testing of a free-running prototype is planned for later this year. While the M3 program conducts basic research and is not focused on specific military missions, the technology it aims to develop could have a wide range of potential military applications. The DARPA M3 performer for Cheetah is Boston Dynamics of Waltham, Mass. Read more about DARPA’s M3 program at www.darpa.mil
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18 thoughts on “DARPA Cheetah Sets Speed Record for Legged Robots

  1. I’m sorry, an almost 73% increase in speed is sad? Let’s see YOU run 18mph for any length of time. Assuming that no further increases in speed are made, if you increase life of a portable power source to allow for maximum output for about a week, that robot could run 3000 miles (1/8 the circumference of the earth). I call it impressive.

  2. A 5 mph improvement in over 20 yrs is like losing 2 lbs of fat over a lifetime. This is in no way an accomplishment… This is sad. Technology has quintupled and then some and yet knowledge, creativity, and great minds were absent the entire time 🙁

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