The security robot was on patrol at the Stanford Shopping Center when it collided with a 16 month kid. The robot ignored the kid and carried on going and the boy’s parents say it ran over his foot.
Tiffany Teng, the kids mum said it was lucky that the child didn’t suffer any broken bones and only had a scrape on his leg.
He was crying like crazy and he never cries. He seldom cries,” Teng said. Harwin’s parents say that a security guard told them another child was hurt from the same robot days before. But then a security guard whose job might be taken away by such driods is hardly an anbiased commentator.
The shopping center introduced the robot last year. It’s designed to alert authorities of abnormal noises, sudden environmental changes, and known criminals.
But the fact that it didn’t seem to detect Harwin is something shoppers find disconcerting. Of course the fact that he was very small and might have slipped below the radar does not appear to have occured to anyone.
Teng hopes that by sharing the story, other parents will be careful the next time they’re at Stanford Shopping Center. We are all for it, anything that stops parents letting their children run around shopping centres has to be encouraged. If a killer robot does not put the fear of god into parents so that they hang onto to their precious snowflakes nothing will.