China-made robot sets record for longest walk

Walker I, a China-made robot, set a new Guinness World Record on Sunday for walking 134.03 kilometers in 54 hours.

The four-legged robot, made by a research team in southwest China’s Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications (CQUPT), circled an indoor track in Chongqing from Oct. 24 to 27, taking 340,000 steps before it had to stop and recharge.

The distance it covered was more than twice as much as that by the former record holder, Ranger, which was developed by a team at Cornell University in the U.S, and the speed was 1.18 times faster.

Professor Li Qingdu, a leading researcher of the Walker I project, says their overall task isn’t simply to extend the length the robot can trek, but rather, to study electrical efficiency, increase the robot’s reliability and possibly, enabling the robots to perform dangerous, remotely controlled missions in place of a human being.

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