Video posted online shows a robot courier moving under police tape and into an active crime scene.
The robot passes by the media before spinning past a crowd of police, who watch, amused.
“It’s so funny to see the cops watching this stuff,” someone can be heard saying in the video.
Turns out, the warning tape doesn’t always mean much to robots.
Footage posted online Tuesday shows a food delivery robot crossing under police tape in Los Angeles and at a crime scene. It’s unclear which company the robotic courier belongs to or if it was actively testing or delivering to a customer.
The two released videos show the robot approaching the first line of caution tape, where it appears reporters are positioned to cover the active crime scene. A cameraman watches, amused, while another lifts the warning tape to allow the robot to pass underneath.
After the courier crosses the street, a crowd of law enforcement officers can be seen watching the robot.
“It’s so funny to see the cops watching this stuff,” someone can be heard saying on the video. Another asks if there was a bomb in the robot, which didn’t seem to be the case.
The final video shows the courier walking away from the crime scene along the sidewalk.
As food delivery apps have grown in popularity in recent years, so have robotic couriers, which are outfitted with compartments to deliver food to customers. Some of the biggest players in the autonomous delivery market include Starship Technologies, and Uber said in May that he would start piloting food delivery to customers’ homes using robots in Los Angeles.
However, the jury is still out on how people will adapt to robots hanging out beside them on city sidewalks. Starship Technologies co-founder Ahti Heinla told Insider in 2018 that some people were kicking company robots.
“Some people overtake our robot and give it a little kick,” Heinla said in mid-2018. “It’s not really a problem, I think, if people have such anger management techniques that work for us, our robot just keeps rolling.”
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