Quadruped robot walks its way into the book of Guinness World Records
A four-legged Chinese robot named Xingzhe No. 1 has walked into the Guinness World Records book for a stellar marathon performance and defeated the earlier record held by American robot. This record titled ‘Furthest distance covered by a quadruped robot’ was beaten by almost double the distance as the quadruped robot developed by a team from the College of Automation of Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications walked a distance of 134.03 km (83.28 miles) in one go.
The team led by Professor Li Qingdu made this single mechanical machine guided by computer program to walk on four legs without any external support. To achieve the record Xingzhe No. 1 walked steadily for 54 hours 34 minutes on a 95.39m indoor track completing 1,405 laps on one single charge.
This record was earlier held by Range Robot developed by Cornell University which covered a distance of 65.18 km (40.5 miles) in New York, USA back in 2011. Li said that main motive behind the development of this quadruped robot was to study the electrical efficiency and durability of such robots. This marathon run was closely scrutinized by Guinness World Records and after doing all the checks the award for ‘Furthest distance covered by a quadruped robot’ was handed over to developers.