Be Very Afraid: DARPA’s Pet-Proto Robot Navigates Obstacle Course

Now imagine if they can get this thing to move 100 times faster, which will eventually happen, and then they ask it to hunt you down. Scary.

In this video, the Pet-Proto, a predecessor to DARPA’s Atlas robot, is confronted with obstacles similar to those robots might face in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC). To maneuver over and around the obstacles, the robot exercises capabilities including autonomous decision-making, dismounted mobility and dexterity. The DARPA Robotics Challenge will test these and other capabilities in a series of tasks that will simulate conditions in a dangerous, degraded, human-engineered environment.