Deborah Netburn (great Internet name) of the LA Times reports the following:
A new video released by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency shows the robot, inspired by the anatomy of a cheetah, running as fast as 28.3 mph before it trips and falls on what would be its face, if it had one.Read the rest of Deborah's story here.
If it's any consolation, the robo-cheetah is only a bit faster than the human speed record holder: Bolt set the mark at 27.78 mph in 2009, during a 100-meter sprint.
And robo-cheetah has a way to go before it can outrun a real, living, breathing cheetah. A cheetah at the Cincinnati Zoo was recently clocked at 61 mph.
It should also be noted that the robo-cheetah has only been tested on a treadmill in a lab. It doesn't carry its power source, and it has a boom-like device that holds it up and keeps it in the center of the treadmill.
DARPA said it will be testing out a prototype of the robotic cheetah on natural terrain sometime next year.