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the robotic delivery invasion already has arrived in the form of machines that look like beer coolers on wheels scooting along the sidewalks
2016/12/13 02:30
developed by the science fiction-sounding company Starship Technologies, will be showing up any day in the nation’s capital and in Redwood City, California. They could soon be in up to 10 cities, ferrying groceries and other packages over what the company calls the “last mile,” from a neighborhood delivery “hub” to your front door, all for as little as $1 a trip.
2016/12/13 02:31
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2016/12/13 02:31
Starship’s delivery robots work this way: Customers use a smartphone mobile application to order their delivery. A text alerts customers — “You have a robot waiting for you outside” — when the robot is near their home or business. A person must be present to receive the delivery because only the customer has a unique code to unlock the robot’s box.
2016/12/13 02:32
The Washington, D.C., Council opened the door to the machines by passing legislation last month that allows up to five different robot companies to operate
2016/12/13 02:32
Ralston of Redwood City said test robots rolling around the city haven’t caused any issues so far. “People enjoy seeing the little robots. Or they completely ignore them
2016/12/13 02:33
The presence of video cameras in the robots is a potential privacy issue
2016/12/13 02:34
Autonomous devices use high-definition cameras that can take video of people and places from a sidewalk or from the air, as in the case of a drone. Scott questions: Who controls those images? How can they be used?
2016/12/13 02:34
When the devices are being operated by humans, a lower resolution feed is used and the images are blurred. And the robots can’t identify the MAC numbers of nearby cellphones, he said.
2016/12/13 02:35
if somebody bothers the robot the operator [watching from a headquarters far away] can actually shout, ‘Hey! What are you doing? … The police are coming in five minutes
2016/12/13 02:35