Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot is one for theatrics, such as flaunting its parkour skills and sticking a backflip. IHMC Robotics used Atlas to test out its algorithms, which bestowed the robot with some measured footwork across tricky terrain.
As seen in the video below, the robot was able to walk across a narrow route with its autonomous path planning.
According to the video’s description, “The robot senses the terrain with lidar and builds a map of planar regions. A path planning algorithm plans footsteps across the planar regions to a goal location, specified by an operator.”
The description also mentions that the robot has a 50 percent success rate crossing over the type of terrain in the video. But the company has plans to up that percentage by using angular momentum to add balance and “better considering joint ranges of motion.”
Check it out for yourself in the video below.