Video: Meet Cheetah, the world's fastest robot

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Video: Meet Cheetah, the world's fastest robot

DARPA's latest quadrupedal military robot has broken the speed record for legged robots. See it in action here.

The DARPA Cheetah has sets a new speed record for legged robots, galloping at 18 miles per hour (mph) -- 5mph faster than the previous record holder.  

Developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in the US, the Cheetah is a new military prototype in the Maximum Mobility and Manipulation (M3) program. The hope is that it will one day be used in explosive-ordinance-disposal missions. 

The robot increases its stride and running speed by flexing and un-flexing its back on each step.

The current Cheetah model requires a boom-like device to keep it running on the treadmill, but the program hopes to have a free-running version later in the year.

"If the current limitations on mobility and manipulation capabilities of robots can be overcome, robots could much more effectively assist warfighters across a greater range of missions," the DARPA website explains. 

You can see it hitting its top speed in the video below:

You can find out more about the Cheetah at the DARPA website

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