A robot has walked its way into the Guinness World Records by breaking the record for the furthest distance walked by a quadruped robot.
The robot is called Xingzhe, or Walker, No. 1, and it walked a massive 83.28 miles on one charge, going around a track 1,405 times over 54 hours and 34 minutes. It more than doubled the previous record holder’s time, which was from Cornell and covered a distance of 40.5 miles back in 2011, however Walker No. 1 was only a little faster than the robot from Cornell, coming in at 1.18 times faster.
The robot was developed by a team led by Li Qindu, a professor at the College of Automation of Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications. It was developed to study electrical efficiency and robot reliability and durability when it comes to remote missions. While Walker No. 1 traveled more than two times the distance of Ranger, the robot from Cornell, it only used 0.8 kilowatt-hours of energy, compared with Cornell’s 0.5 usage rate.
It’s important to note that the huge increase in performance could be due to the progress in robotics over the past four years. It’s certainly likely that the record will continue to be broken as technology advances.
Walker No. 1 was presented with an official certificate from Guinness World Records on Nov. 1. Check out a video below to see the robot in action.