Development of hardware and software for a walking robot able to evolve on very rough terrain, possibly with vegetation.
Application scenarios for such robots are all scenarios were the terrain roughness does not allow the use of wheeled or tracked robots but were heavy sensors or manipulators are required.
An example of use could be the exploration of disaster zones after an explosion or an earthquake. A typical terrain which is difficult for wheeled robots are forests.
On the opposite, a walking robot can cross over branches, roots, or stones.
The current hexapod version can walk through a terrain with obstacle roughly as high as one third of the robot's nominal height.