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Photo of robot lost in the woods goes viral

By T.K. Randall
May 17, 2022 · Comment icon 13 comments

Where is this thing supposed to be going ? Image Credit: Twitter / @historymatt
An innocuous snap of a delivery robot wandering through some woodland has been gaining a lot of attention on Twitter.
There will come a day when human postal workers will be replaced with automated robots capable of negotiating through busy streets, navigating confusing paths and bringing letters and parcels directly to your door with minimal fuss and bother.

Such a future may be quite a long way off, however, as evidenced by a recent photograph taken by Matthew McCormack who had been cycling through woodland in Northampton at the weekend when he came across what appeared to be a delivery robot that had become completely and utterly lost.

The pint-sized contraption, which typically delivers groceries, seemed to be miles from wherever it was supposed to be and was "ambling on, minding it's own business" along the woodland trail.

McCormack snapped a quick photo and posted it up on Twitter, but was amazed to find the next morning that it had gone viral with more than 240,000 likes, 20,000 retweets and 2,000 replies.
"People really seem to be connecting with it," he said.

Many social media users saw the funny side, with one suggesting that the robot had "gained sentience" and was on a "mental health walk."

According to Starship Technologies, which operates the robots, this one wasn't lost but was instead on its way to make a delivery to its next customer.

Source: BBC News | Comments (13)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #4 Posted by acute 1 year ago
Yep!††Even robots need some R & R.† †
Comment icon #5 Posted by jethrofloyd 1 year ago
Not lost. Just on the way to meet BB-8. †
Comment icon #6 Posted by and then 1 year ago
I thought the robot's manufacturer had the best comment: "Not all robots who wander are lost, some are on a delivery to its next customer!"††
Comment icon #7 Posted by pallidin 1 year ago
Cracks me up. I have a prosumer drone that I'm getting ready to fly today, and I hope it doesn't "wander" DJI Mavic Air 2
Comment icon #8 Posted by Gumball 1 year ago
He was out walking his wee robot dog.
Comment icon #9 Posted by csspwns 1 year ago
Might've been a crazy idea 20 years ago, but currently delivery robots are very effective and viable where they operate (e.g. college campuses). Expect to see a lot more reliance on automation in the near future as technology continues to advance. Afaik Starship robots have made over 3 million successful autonomous deliveries while only having a dozen or so incidents regarding deliberate sabatoge of which most attempts were unsuccessful.† https://www.starship.xyz/contact/faq/ † How do you stop theft of the robots and their properties? Our robots are locked and secure during transport. The lid ... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by Buzz_Light_Year 1 year ago
Comment icon #11 Posted by Hyperionxvii 1 year ago
Maybe it was taking some honey and a big mac to Pooh Bear? And maybe Eyeore, Piglet, and Tigger too!
Comment icon #12 Posted by csspwns 1 year ago
Hmm test out how effective that tool is for me please. Let me know how it goes!
Comment icon #13 Posted by Amorlind 1 year ago
Cute ;-)

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