A robot barely larger than a coffee mug and powered by two AA batteries has set two world records for climbing the Grand Canyon and cycling around the 24 hours of Le Mans racing circuit.
Electronic company Panasonic’s Mr EVOLTA robot managed to cycle nonstop for 24 hours in early August, covering more than five laps, 24 kilometres, of the French racing track. The feat set a Guinness world record for the longest distance covered by a battery-operated remote-controlled model car.
The 17-centimetre-tall robot rode a tricyle along the racing track guided by an infrared beam coming from a camera car.
This was not the first time Panasonic used Mr EVOLTA to show the long-lasting power of its EVOLTA AA alkaline batteries.
In 2008, the robot climbed a 530 metre rope to the top of a Grand Canyon cliff in 2008. It took 6 hours 46 minutes to complete the challenge and gave Panasonic a Guinness world record for the longest lasting AA alkaline battery.
Mr EVOLTA was developed by robot-creator Tomotaka Takahashi.
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