Boston Dynamics keeps refining its Legged Squad Support System, the robotic quadruped descendant of the good old and creepy Big Dog. The new version of the eerie mechanical horse, which will aid US Marine squads once finished, got some cool upgrades.
Now it is smart enough to follow the squad leader, which is quite important. This thing doesn't need to be remote controlled. It's smart enough to travel along with its human masters. Apparently, it's also intelligent enough to follow paths and work in tandem with its robotic brothers too.
Also, for some reason, watching him appear out of the bushes seems to me as funny as hell. Although, I can imagine being the enemy and seeing this thing popping out of a forest; that wouldn't be quite as funny.
It also seems a tad quieter than its predecessor, which would be pretty useful, although perhaps that's just the video audio level.
Unlike cars or trucks, the robo-horse can travel across any rough terrain, and will carry 180kg of payload 20 miles without refuelling. That's more than 45kg of cargo of the backs of every Marine in the squad.