Thursday, 14 July 2016

A Security Robot runs over toddler at shopping centre in Silicon Valley

A Security Robot runs over toddler at shopping centre in Silicon Valley

16-month-old, Harwin Cheng, was left with swelling to his right foot.

A Security Robot (From Knightscopein a Silicon Valley shopping center, accidentally knocked down and ran over the leg of a toddler.

His mother told ABC News the robot had hit her son's head, "he fell down on the floor, and the robot did not stop".

The robots creators Knightscope, apologized for the incident and invited the family to it's Mountain view headquarters.

The robot which caused the incident however, was taken off duty for forensic analysis as the matter was being investigated.

According to the analysis, it reported:  "A child... began running towards the machine.
"The machine veered to the left to avoid the child, but the child ran backwards directly into the front quarter of the machine, at which point the machine stopped and the child fell on the ground.
"The machine's sensors registered no vibration alert, and the machine motors did not fault as they would when encountering an obstacle."

Knightscope said the 5ft (1.5m), 300lb (136kg) K5 Autonomous Data Machines, which patrols pre-programmed routes recording video in both normal and infrared vision, had, until now, been in operation for more than 35,000 hours and covered more than 25,000 miles "without any reported incidents".
Chief executive William Santana Li said: "Our first thoughts are for the family, and we are thankful there were no serious injuries.
"Our primary mission is to serve the public's overall safety, and we take any circumstance that would compromise that mission very seriously."

My thoughts: Robots are not perfect. They can miscalculate and malfunction at anytime so be careful. I love robots though.

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