FOR MANY CITIES, here’s the toughest pill to swallow: Their mayors don’t actually have control of their streets.
San Francisco’s anti-tech backlash has a new target: robots. This is a place that ought to love artificial intelligence.
SAN FRANCISCO, LAND of unrestrained tech wealth and the attendant hoodies and $29 loaves of bread, just said whoa whoa whoa to delivery robots.
Delivery robots, a sci-fi idea that recently entered real-world testing, would be banned from San Francisco sidewalks under legislation Supervisor Norman Yee introduced on Tuesday.
“I want to keep our sidewalks safe for people,” Yee said.
The tech industry collectively face-palmed when Trump’s treasury secretary said that the threat of robots taking human jobs was “not even on our radar screen.”
There is a growing evidence that robots and artificial intelligence could displace huge swaths of the American workforce in the next couple of decades.
Marble delivery robots are being tested by Yelp Eat24 in San Francisco’s Mission and Potrero Hill areas. This is the first partnership for Marble, a San Francisco-based startup, which also announced a $4 million in seed funding led by Eclipse and including Maven Ventures, Amplify Partners and Lemnos Labs.
California regulators ordered Uber to remove its self-driving vehicles from the road on the same day that the company’s vehicles were caught running red lights – violations the company immediately blamed on “human error”.
In September, we introduced the world’s first Self-Driving Ubers to the Steel City. Three months later, we’re bringing Volvo XC90s to San Francisco. We’re incredibly excited to work with Volvo to pair our state-of-the-art self-driving technology with Volvo’s outstanding vehicle development and core safety capabilities.