If you thought you’d be able to run away from the terrifying new breed of robots, bad news.
Boston Dynamics has revealed a video of its terrifying Atlas robot running and jumping over obstacles with ease.
‘Atlas does parkour,’ the firm says in the description for the video, which shows the robot leaping up a series of 40cm steps with ease, and over logs with a single bound.
It says the robot’s software has been updated giving it the new features.
‘The control software uses the whole body including legs, arms and torso, to marshal the energy and strength for jumping over the log and leaping up the steps without breaking its pace.
‘Atlas uses computer vision to locate itself with respect to visible markers on the approach to hit the terrain accurately. ‘
Earlier this year Boston Dynamics posted two videos showing off the new skills of two of its advanced automatons.
In one, Atlas, a humanoid robot, can be seen jogging around a grassy field, before leaping over a log that’s obstructing its path.
In the second, a SpotMini robo-dog navigates its way around an office building, climbing and descending a set of stairs with ease, all under its own direction.
The canine automatons look eerily similar to those featured in an episode of the sci-fi series, where mechanised creatures hunt humans in a post-apocalyptic future.
Boston Dynamics, based in Waltham, Massachusetts, manually steered SpotMini around its test course to prepare for the demonstration.