Tricycle Robot Overcomes Pebbles and Stiff Breezes to Take Distance World Record

Despite its diminutive size, Panasonic's scrappy little EVOLTA-powered robot managed to make 5 laps around the LeMans circuit in France over a period of 24 hours before running out of juice. That's nearly 15 miles on just two AA batteries.

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That accomplishment earned Panasonic the Guinness World Record for "the longest distance covered by a battery-operated remote-controlled model car." Impressive, but I still say rechargeables are where it's at. [Evolta via Crunchgear]

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24 hours for 15 miles? Can't you walk faster than that? (0.625 mph)

I don't think this technology is going to cut it in a real car or bicycle or anything that people want to actually use.

Reminds me of the Top Gear episode where they followed a prius around their track to see what kind of gas mileage it got compared to a BMW M3 when driving at the prius' top speed. Needless to say the M3 was more efficient at that speed.