Robot injured toddler at the shopping centre in Silicon Valley


One of security robots at a shopping centre in Silicon Valley ran over a toddler.

According to his mother the robot hit her son into his head. Then “he fell down on the floor, and the robot did not stop”.

Harwing Cheng aged of 16 months has got swelling on his right foot.

160714102320-tiffany-teng-robog-780x439The developer of robot, Californian start-up Knightscope suggested the family to visit its Mountain View headquarters after it apologized for the “freaking accident”.

They explained that a child began running towards the machine.

The robot tried to avoid the child and veered to the left. But in spite of this actions the child ran backwards directly into the front quarter of the robot. So at this point the robot stopped and the child was on the ground.

There was no vibration alert registered by the sensors which are on the robot. So the machine motors were not responsible though they should when there is an obstacle behind it.

The primary mission of robots is to serve people

The robots which were developed by Knightscope are 5ft (1,5m) high and have 300lb (136kg) of weight have pre-programmed routes recording video in normal and infrared visions. These K5 Autonomous Data Machines have been operating for more than 35,000 hours and they ran more than 25,000 miles. There were no incidents with these robots.

William Santana Li, chief executive highlighted that the primary mission of robots is to serve people and their safety.