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
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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18 Responses to DARPA Cheetah Sets Speed Record for Legged Robots

  1. Stavros Sachtouris says:

    Now, if they could only find a way to make it run forward…

  2. EagleWithRedWings says:

    i posted something like several months ago. #nothipster

  3. vincefryer says:

    Hell yeah! I’m gonna hack mine to do all the cooking and cleaning, cuz like fuck am I sticking my dick in that.

  4. MrDiesel237 says:

    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.

  5. viktorcarzavec says:

    If you look closely it looks like it’s running backwards

  6. SkydivinMetalHead says:

    @Jonisfilm because the rest of the world is just as dumb, we Americans choose be dumb differently to separate ourselves from the pack. – true story.

  7. SkydivinMetalHead says:

    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 :(

  8. borsuk96 says:

    Cause it`s made in US-A Fuck yeah 😛

  9. XxXloltasticXxX says:


  10. Malcolm Sadler says:

    if it was made to run in a circle, whold it catch itself up eventually? would it be possible to disappear up its own arse. (assuming it has one.)

  11. Jesse xander says:

    dear santa

  12. jon davis says:

    as if not enough things chased me in my dreams. gosh darn it i hate creapy cheetah robots 

  13. Igotcha06 says:

    Is it really all that big of deal?

  14. Zombienation808 says:

    We, are in the motherf@#king future. 

  15. Kosh800 says:

    Blame the French.

  16. igotpoet says:

    when can i buy one?

  17. 0707tarako says:


  18. Sechsgang says:

    How long until the Japanese find a way to put this into some weird porno?

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