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Cheetah robot can run faster than humans

6th September 2012

Earlier this year, DARPA's Cheetah robot was shown running at speeds of up to 18 mph (29 km/h), setting a new land speed record for legged robots.

The machine has now been upgraded to achieve an astonishing 28.3 mph (45.28 km/h), demonstrated in the video below. By comparison, Usain Bolt's fastest speed during the 100-metre sprint was 27.78 mph (44.44 km/h).



For now, the Cheetah machine is tethered to an external power supply, and runs on an indoor treadmill. Next year, however, a new "Wildcat" robot will be developed that can run outdoors untethered:-


wildcat robot
WildCat. Credit: Boston Dynamics / DARPA


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