Robot walks 134 km to set Guinness record

Developed by a team of Chinese professors, the quadruped covered the distance in 54 hours and 34 minutes

Beijing: A Chinese-built four-legged robot has walked its way into the Guinness World Records by covering an incredible 134 km in 54 hours, beating a previous record held by an American bot.

Moving continuously for 54 hours 34 minutes, Walker 1 completed 1,405 laps of a 95.39 metre indoor track
Moving continuously for 54 hours 34 minutes, Walker 1 completed 1,405 laps of a 95.39 metre indoor track. Pic/Guinness World Records

The machine set a new world record for furthest distance covered by a quadruped robot, Guinness World Records said.

Developed by a team led by Professor Li Qingdu from the College of Automation of Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications, the robot, named Xingzhe No 1 or Walker 1, took the title after travelling 134.03km.

Qingdu had begun the project in November last year.

Four-legged machine
A quadruped robot is a single mechanical machine, which is guided by a computer programme or electronic circuitry, with four articulated legs that do not have a wheel. The Guinness World Records guidelines for this title state that the robot must complete its journey on a single charge or tank of fuel. Guinness World Records representatives presented Walker 1’s developers an official certificate on November 1.

Previous record
Moving continuously for 54 hours 34 minutes, Walker 1 completed 1,405 laps of a 95.39 metre indoor track, running rings around the previous record-holder — Cornell University’s Ranger Robot, which covered a comparatively small distance of 65.18 km in New York, US, in 2011.

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