New Robot Sets Speed Record

A Boston company recently completed a prototype robot called “Cheetah” that can reach speeds of 18MPH.  This new robot breaks the previous record set by MIT in 1989, at only 13.1MPH.  This prototype was built by Boston Dynamics, with funding from DARPA’s “Maximum Mobility and  Manipulation” program.

The Cheetah is the latest in a series of robot prototypes from Boston Dynamics, Including “Big Dog” and “Petman”.  These machines are built for potential military purposes and research, ranging from search and rescue to equipment hauling.  Boston Dynamics is hoping to have a version of Cheetah that can operate outdoors later this year.

Source:  Bostonglobe.com