Robot begins patrolling San Francisco gas station
High tech crime-stopper changes the look of the safety.
Robots are popping up in companies, universities, shopping malls and airports.
But at a gas station?
San Francisco-Shell station has a robot as additional security for those at the pumps.
A robot acts as a security guard at a Shell Station at 8th and Market streets in San Francisco. The robot has four cameras and sandwiches at 3 mph, about the same pace as a person walking. It constantly scans and records. July 16, 2018
“I’m waiting for Robocop to come out at any time and say: you’re under arrest,” joked customer Traci Lim, who’s taking cell phone video of the robot when they are all completed.
Lim and the other players in the SoMa station are amused, surprised and curious.
“What is that?” asked another customer, looking at the dome shaped device spin and speed within 6-7 feet of space.
“I haven’t seen it do anything but what it is doing right now, to hide, to ensure the security, I think,” said customer Tommy Anderson, “not if he talks to you, says ‘Hey, how’s it going, you’re not supposed to be on this property, please move, than it would be to do something.”
The robot has four cameras, each focused on a different direction, to capture multiple angles.
“If I see him bust someone, the tackling of a shoplifter, then I will be impressed,” smiled the customer Derrick Sorenson, “but until then, watching it spin in circles, I’m just the tip of my head.”
The high-tech crime stopper not behind anyone down. Top speed 3 km / h, about the same pace as a person walking.
But it is continuously scan and to include in its pod-shaped shell, which is about 3 meters wide, 5 meters high and weighs 400 kilos.
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