A robot to chase the homeless in San Francisco

News 13 December, 2017
  • Photo courtesy of Knightscope

    QMI agency

    Tuesday, December 12, 2017 23:41

    Tuesday, December 12, 2017 23:41

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    SAN FRANCISCO – The SPCA of San Francisco has been using for a month, has a robot to keep away the homeless built makeshift encampments in the vicinity of its facilities.

    Depending on what was said a spokesperson of the organization to the “Business Insider”, the robot, dubbed K9, entered service a month ago. At this time, the agency staff was not able to use the sidewalks safely, due to the presence of the camps.

    The record the robot has reduced the number of these temporary shelters, as well as the number of flights by breaking into vehicles in the area, has argued the spokesperson.

    The robot, developed by the company Knightscope, is equipped with various sensors, such as lasers, cameras, and a thermal sensor, enabling it to detect crimes and to notify security guards can no longer be human.

    However, the City of San Francisco decided last week to order the SPCA to stop using their robot, due to lack of having a permit to do so, riding on the sidewalk. The City has threatened to impose a fine of $ 1000 per day to the body.

    Another copy of this robot had made the tour of the world after “committed suicide” by plunging into the fountain of a shopping center, of Washington, d.c., last summer. The company Knightscope, however, had determined, after investigation, that the robot had crept into the fountain because of the brick floor unstable.