There are delivery robots now roaming the streets of Northern California.
And we tried to steal from one!
DoorDash, a food delivery company, is experimenting with robot deliveries in Redwood City, CA.
If you request food from DoorDash, you might see this little bot show up at your house.
The bot can fit up to 22 pounds of food in its insulated compartment. That's enough to fill three shopping bags.
Cameras at the front and rear of the bot. They're used to help steer the bot remotely.
The bot can detect and navigate around obstacles. It can also climb curbs!
We wondered what would happen if someone tried to steal food from the bot – so we tried.
During his first attempt, Alex wasn’t able to open the bot. So he picked it up instead.
A second attempt was far more successful.
Henry Harris-Burland of Starship Technologies said future versions of the bot will have alarms to prevent theft. He also noted that every robot records its live location via GPS.
That means if you do plan on stealing from a bot, you might be tracked, and your face could be recorded by its cameras.
These robots are supposed to work alongside human "Dashers" — DoorDash's delivery people.
This DoorDash employee wasn’t too thrilled about the idea.
DoorDash co-founder Stanley Tang explained that delivery bots are complementary to human Dashers.
Because of local regulations, you probably aren’t going to see delivery bots taking over the streets just yet.
In the future, robots and humans walking alongside one another might be as common as a person walking their dog.
Whether dogs and robots get along, however, that’s another thing altogether.
Allyson Laquian is a video producer for BuzzFeed News and is based in San Francisco.
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