Atlas’ movement is so impressive – running, jumping and somersaults. Atlas keeps its balance when jostled or pushed and can get up if it tips over. Each new generation of Atlas is getting fast and lighter. It is easy to imagine Atlas wondering the high street.
Atlas is intended to aid emergency services in search and rescue operations, performing tasks such as shutting off valves, opening doors and operating powered equipment in environments where humans could not survive. The Department of Defense stated in 2013 that it had no interest in using the robot for offensive or defensive warfare.