Toyota has announced that its CUE humanoid robot has set a new record for the greatest number of consecutive basketball free throws enacted by a humanoid AI-powered machine. The robot managed to make 2,020 free throws without missing earning a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.
On the day of the attempt, Toyota says it took CUE3 a little over three hours to make its first 1,000 consecutive shots. Due to time limitations, the team decided to cap the maximum number of throws at 2,020 (in reference to the Tokyo Olympics), which the robot achieved hours later.
The CUE robot was born as a voluntary project for Toyota employees to work on in their spare time. In its early form, the CUE robot required a full three minutes between basketball shots, making it an interesting, but exceedingly slow, humanoid basketball player. This long duration of time meant, according to Guinness World Records, that each shot couldn’t be considered consecutive despite happening one after another.
Improvements made to the robot enabled it to throw a basketball faster than before, qualifying its throws as ‘consecutive.’ Ample work and testing went into preparing the robot for its attempted world record shooting session.