Silicon Valley based Knightscope’s 300 pound K5 security robot was spotted patrolling the Uber inspection lot in San Francisco, but has been in use in other locations in California for some time now.
The K5 is part Knightscope’s beta program for the security bots. The robot isn’t armed in the traditional sense, but instead is loaded with multiple high-definition cameras for 360-degree vision.
The K5 also boasts a thermal camera, weather sensors, license-plate recognition system, microphones, a laser rangefinder, and person recognition capabilities.
The five-foot tall egg shaped patrol-bot is rented by customers at the cost of around seven dollars an hour. Companies rent two robots, so one can charge while the other patrols a geofenced area.