Ride-coordinating service Uber is investing heavily in the development of autonomous cars to replace human drivers with robots. That technology is still a ways off, but that doesn’t mean they can’t put robots to work right away, as security guards.
The robot is a K5, a 300-pound security robot made by Silicon Valley start-up Knightscope. It’s a stand-in for a human security guard. Stacy Stephens, Knightscope’s VP of marketing, says Uber is a recent customer of the company.
The robot has apparently patrolled an Uber inspection lot in San Francisco, possibly as a technology demonstration that could lead to a long-term contract. More