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Robots hit the streets as demand for food delivery grows

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Road Kill

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Wouldn't drones be better for delivery? And potentially faster? I see these bots causing traffic accidents and clogging up the sidewalks.

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Where's the teamwork?

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I Despise everything to do with AI and robots.

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The biggest problem this will encounter is vandalism.

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cool

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And some big cities with crowded sidewalks, like New York, Beijing and San Francisco, aren’t welcoming them.

But maybe preferable in a city like Tokyo that allows bicycles on the sidewalk to an Uber Eats bike rider standing on his pedals and shouldering his huge backpack to push pedestrians out of the way on crowded sidewalks.

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Wouldn't drones be better for delivery? And potentially faster? I see these bots causing traffic accidents and clogging up the sidewalks.

There could be weight and safety issues with drones. I would imagine there are also privacy, airspace, and private property issues too, depending on what they are flying over. At the end of the day, they're basically just remote control helicopters.

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How long would they last down Skidrow?

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I wander how long one of these robots will survive before being robbed.

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Colombia*

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'The biggest problem this will encounter is vandalism'

Not in Japan - USA or Europe yes, but people here have far more respect for other people's property, even delivery-robots...... even they have a job to do.

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The biggest problem this will encounter is vandalism.

Not in Japan.

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Not in Japan - USA or Europe yes, but people here have far more respect for other people's property, even delivery-robots...... even they have a job to do.

Exactly. You might have an idiot or 2 that might, but overall about 99.9% it won't happen.

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The average Grubhub driver in Ohio makes $47,650 per year,

Is that after paying for the wear and tear on their car? By the time one factors in fuel, tires, oil changes, brakes, suspension work, other maintenance (timing belt service is $1000 or more on most cars) and depreciation a Grubhub driver is almost donating their time to the job.

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I wander how long one of these robots will survive before being robbed.

Or hit by a car. Nice lawsuit if a motorcycle hits one and the rider is injured badly from the resulting crash.

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-But maybe preferable in a city like Tokyo.

You won't see it on a crowded Tokyo pavement until you fall over it.

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couple of things, 1: some scummy person probably hyjack these robots and demand a $1000 release fee 2: they wont go up a flight of stairs, and cant operate a lift. 3: a big truck is going to squash it flat, 4; as people become more lazy, obesity levels rise!!

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The Russians are spying on the US right under their noses, and advertising the fact too. I suspect these robots will disappear as quickly as they appeared after an investigation.

No deliveries to government buildings, that's for sure. You just know they are going to be used as a surveillance tool by the SVR and/or GRU.

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couple of things, 1: some scummy person probably hyjack these robots and demand a $1000 release fee 

I don't think I'd want to mess with it. It might have a little remotely operated Novichok sprayer somewhere!

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