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Knightscope upgrades tot-injuring robot

New model of K5 will avoid similar types of accidents in the future, company officials say

Mountain View's homegrown security-bot company, Knightscope, is trying to restore its image after a dust-up last month in which one of its security robots patrolling Stanford Shopping Center knocked down a 17-month-old boy.

The toddler's parents made clear they were upset with Knightscope's robot for injuring their child, who suffered scrapes and bruises from the incident. The company issued an apology, and the Teng family was invited to visit the Knightscope headquarters on Terra Bella Avenue in Mountain View. The parents gave suggestions on how the security bot's system could be improved, according to company officials.

At a public event with the Teng family on July 27, Knightscope representatives unveiled a new model of the K5 security bot that they say will avoid similar types of accidents in the future. At the same event, Knightscope announced a new agreement with Universal Protection Systems -- one of the largest private security firm in the U.S. -- to begin integrating more of its robots into existing security programs.

Mark Noack

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21 people like this
Posted by robots
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 9, 2016 at 10:01 am

The whole point of the robot (according to my friend who works security at Stanford Shopping Center) is to save money by reducing the number of paid security guards hired. Seems like actual people would be better for security than robots.


8 people like this
Posted by KP
a resident of South of Midtown
on Aug 9, 2016 at 11:57 am

First of all, I don't believe that Knightscope's image was damaged at all.
Keep your children under your control, and you don't have to worry about a security robot running him over.
This is a "Never your fault...always look for the other one to blame" scenario. Take responsibility for yourself.


6 people like this
Posted by Cid Young
a resident of another community
on Aug 9, 2016 at 12:22 pm

An unsupervised toddler was killed on Fishermens Wharf climbing on a dolphin sculpture outside a shop a few years back. Obviously it was an attractive nuisance, like the robot.


6 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 9, 2016 at 1:15 pm

Exterminate! Exterminate.

Beware the Daleks. Teach young children to not taunt robots.

On the other hand, hold the children's hand while walking around the shopping center and understand that it is not a playground. Would a child run into a stroller, an elderly person on a mobility scooter or a walking frame, or a security guard on a Segway? No, of course not because the parents wouldn't allow it. So why did the parents allow a child to run into a piece of moving machinery?


3 people like this
Posted by Plane Speaker
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 9, 2016 at 6:17 pm

Tot-injuring ????

Was this factually established? The way I read it the kid ran into the robot and put itself in its way. Way to frame a possible jury for a trial? That should not be in the title of a piece like this in my opinion unless that has beeb clearly and legally established.


3 people like this
Posted by Plane Speaker
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 9, 2016 at 6:21 pm

And ... dust-up means a quarrel. This was an accident.
It gets more and more clear to me that our schools are not doing
a very good job at teaching English and the commercial news
cannot do the slightest thing without attempting to load it up with
undue emotion to generation controversy and clicks, even in a
simple story like this.


10 people like this
Posted by The Truth, Please
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 10, 2016 at 5:10 pm

The last we read, the mother of the injured child had no interest in speaking to Knightscope and was not returning their calls.

Makes me think there is more to the story than we have read.

Suddenly the enraged parents are happy??????


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