A man attacked a 300-pound security robot in Mountain View, California, according to local police. A man in the Silicon Valley town has been arrested after allegedly attacking a Knightscope K5 security robot. He claimed he was trying to "test" the robot. "When we arrived, we met with Sylvain, and as we were speaking with him, he appeared confused, had red, glassy eyes and a strong odor of alcohol emitted from him," a spokeswoman for the Mountain View police department told CNET. Sylvain has been charged with being drunk in public and a Knightscope employee requested his arrest for prowling.
By now you've probably heard of that security robot that fell into a fountain in Washington, DC-- it's practically the stuff of legend as far as the internet is concerned. But what really happened on that tragic day? We're starting to get a clearer picture. Bisnow has learned that the robot, a Knightscope K5 nicknamed Steve, was neither the victim of a pushy human nor showing signs of trouble before it took its fateful plunge. It was supposed to follow a prescribed route that kept it out of harm's way, so the robot had to have made a decision to veer off the beaten path.
That's certainly ambitious, though one wonders how inspired the project can be by 9/11 if the team wasn't formed until April 2013. In the pitch deck, a series of slides designed to sell the company to investors, Knightscope has another target in mind: the human cost of existing security systems. One slide in the pitch deck compares the costs of 24 hours of coverage by three shifts of three human security guards, versus 24 hours of coverage by two knightscope robots and three shifts of one human guard. The Knightscope robots, billed at 7/hour, are significantly cheaper than security guards, billed at 25/hour. The slide concludes that the Knightscope team costs 936 for 24 hours of security, compared to 1,800 for the team of only human guards.
A Silicon Valley startup has developed a robot that may soon replace mall cops. Knightscope, which specializes in fully autonomous security data machines, says it is officially signed up to patrol malls in New York and Massachusetts, with nearly two dozen accounts set up across 16 cities this year. "We're starting off in the public arena, so we are allowing them to patrol places like shopping centers, corporate campuses, professional sporting arenas and movie studios. Once the [robots] prove that what we are saying they are doing is actually happening, then you go to a mayor and say, 'hey, we are actually able to reduce crime,' and they are going to buy into this very, very, quickly," Stacy Dean Stephens, co-founder and VP of marketing and sales, tell FOX Business. Knightscope, which launched in 2013 after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut -- where 26 kids and adults were shot and killed – was designed to provide intelligence to security centers and law enforcement to help alleviate crime.
A security company has apologized for a "freakish accident" after its crime-fighting robot hit a 16-month-old boy on the head and ran over him at a shopping mall in Palo Alto. Knightscope Inc. said attempts to reach the family haven't been successful, but the company invited them to its headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., to prevent similar incidents from happening. "Our first thoughts are for the family, and we are thankful that there were no serious injuries," said William Santana Li, the company's chairman and chief executive officer. "Our primary mission is to serve the public's overall safety, and we take any circumstances that would compromise that mission very seriously." The company said the child ran toward the robot, which veered to avoid him as it was patrolling, and the toddler then ran backward and directly into the robot.