01/08/2013 05:36 BST | Updated 30/09/2013 06:12 BST

HyQ Quadruped Robot Arrives In Lodon For Natural History Museum's 'Living Machines' Conference (VIDEO)

A seriously impressive rough terrain quadruped robot has arrived in London for a visit, with possibly futile aims of educating and inspiring, not terrifying, the local population.

The HyQ (Hydrolic Quadruped) robot was built by the the Italian Institute of Technology, and is being showcased at the Natural History Museum as part of its Living Machines Conference.

Engadget reports that the model on show won't be able to pull off its latest tricks (which you can see in the video above), which include avoiding abstacles and avoiding stumbling in low visibility.

It is eventually hoped robots such as HyQ and those built by Darpa and Boston Dynamics will be employed in search-and-rescue operations, as well as used by the military for transporting cargo over long distances, across land.