Boston Dynamics robot sets speed record
A prototype built by Boston Dynamics in Waltham reached a speed of 18 miles per hour, a new record for legged robots, the company said today. The previous record was 13.1 miles per hour, set at MIT in 1989, according to Boston Dynamics. “This robot is galloping,” said Boston Dynamics president Marc Raibert. “It’s the first time we’ve had a robot that gallops.” Development of the robot, called Cheetah, is funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA.