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All hope lost as Cheetah robot outruns Usain Bolt

Clocking a new speed record for legged robots, DARPA's robo-cheetah can hunt you down at more than 28 mph. You'll be safe if you never leave your car.

I can has humans? WildCat will begin testing in 2013.
Boston Dynamics

Run, don't walk, if you want to get away from this cheetah robot. If you happen to be non-human, you might stand a chance of surviving.

That's because Boston Dynamics' quadruped has set a new speed record and can now outrun the world's fastest human, Usain Bolt.

The DARPA-funded cyber-cat, already the fastest legged robot around, can sprint 28.3 mph, better than Bolt's best 20-meter split of 27.78 mph, the company said, quoting data from the International Association of Athletics Federations. The robot can now run significantly faster than its former top speed of 18 mph because engineers increased its power and refined the leg control algorithms.

The company admitted that the cheetah robot has an offboard power supply and uses a treadmill, adding that Bolt "is still the superior athlete."

"But our real goal is to create a robot that moves freely outdoors while it runs fast," Alfred Rizzi, Boston Dynamics' chief robotics scientist, was quoted as saying in a release. "We are building an outdoor version that we call WildCat, that should be ready for testing early next year."

DARPA's Maximum Mobility and Manipulation (M3) program, also behind this bizarre glowing robot, is funding the research. WildCat could perform military and civilian rescue missions in rough terrain.

Check it out in the vid below.

Together with AlphaDog, another terrifying creature in the agency's robot bestiary, WildCat could also scare everybody around it to death.