DARPA's speedy Cheetah robot has set a new landspeed record for robots with legs, reaching speeds of 18 miles an hour. The 'bot topped the previous record of 13.1 MPH, set way back in 1989.
Although it still lags behind the fastest human runners -- topped by Usain Bolt and his amazing 28 mph world record -- the Cheetah's creators at Boston Dynamics hope it will one day mimic the 60-70 mph running speeds of an actual cheetah.
DARPA envisions the 'bot being used for "emergency response, firefighting, advanced agriculture and vehicular travel."
They'll be putting the Cheetah to the test within the next year, letting it off the treadmill for a live running exercise.