World’s Fastest Running Robot: The DARPA Cheetah [Video]

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.



10 Responses to World’s Fastest Running Robot: The DARPA Cheetah [Video]

  1. I’d very much love one of these, it almost reminds me of the ME2 dog mech things I’ve forgot the name of. These would totally pwn in wars… well at least Robot Wars. Make it so!

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