CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The University of Virginia School of Engineering has welcomed a new friend. It walks on four legs and is named "Spot."

One UVA Engineering Professor Nicola Bezzo says the school purchased the robot about a month ago. He says both UVA and one grant helped to pay $75,000 for Spot.

Spot can detect staircases and adapt to any outdoor environment.

Bezzo says they'll use Spot in UVA's laboratories and classrooms but Spot will mainly be used to go where humans can't.

"The robot will be used for tasks like surveillance, inspections, you want to send this robot where you don't want human beings," Bezzo said.

He says he's already collaborating with other faculty members to get another robot.