Posts Tagged ‘robot’

How San Francisco Plans to Raise Money to Pay for Transit: Carbon Tax, Payroll Tax, ROBOT TAX?!

Monday, January 29th, 2018

Yep, via Reddit we discover:

Capturllllkjlk copy

From Bill Gates to Jane Kim

(Robot Tax sounds like a Daft Punk record. Let’s hope ear of taxation doesn’t drive them back to France.)

daft_punk_electroma

Troubled Anthony Levandowski’s PRIBOT Prius, Last Seen Banged Up in the Western Addition Six Years Ago

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Was reading this…

Fury Road: Did Uber Steal the Driverless Future From Google? Inside the vicious patent fight over self-driving technology. By Max Chafkin and Mark Bergen

…and that reminded me of this, the last time I saw PRIBOT, the ur-car, left forgotten on the mean Streets of San Francisco:

Poor Pribot!

In closing:

“He’s an asshole, but he’s our asshole.”

 

UBER is Now Recruiting “Vehicle Operators” in Frisco – Help Improve Their Sad Self-Driving Cars – $24/Hr + Snacks/Drinks

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

And then when your ride wants to sail through a red light, say the unexpected one installed mid-block out in front of our world-famous SFMOMA on Third, well, you just might get terminated, with extreme prejudice, oh well.

All the deets, via code1zero:

Capturesdds copy

OTOH, snacks!

UBER Self-Driving Car on the Streets of San Francisco – Three Views – Black Ford Fusion Hybrid Titanium with a Grey KFC Bucket Atop

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

[UPDATE: Oh, this is a self driving car, they tell me, not a mapping car, my bad. Or maybe it is a map car, IDK. It’s not a Volvo XC90 the likes of which have just been announced as sel-driving cars.]

UBER, a company what loses lots of money, tries to play catch-up with Google, a company what makes lots of money:

7j7c4627-copy

The KFC bucket rotates of course:

7j7c4621-copy

7j7c4626-copy

Do You Have to Have a Front License Plate for Your Car? YES – But Does UBER Have to for Its Cars? IDK

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Here’s a robot car in The Richmond:

7j7c3484-copy

And here’s what John Law has to say:

5200. (a) When two license plates are issued by the department for
use upon a vehicle, they shall be attached to the vehicle for which
they were issued, one in the front and the other in the rear.

I’m thinking there are reasons you’d especially want an FLP on Uber’s experimental cars, but maybe that’s just me…

They’re Here! – Meet “Boron,” Your New UBER Robot Car Being Tested in Frisco’s Financh

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

No no, no silly names for UBER Technologies, like, IDK, PLATYPUS from the GM Cruise people. Just straight up science, like something out of Breaking Bad:

7j7c2169-copy

Now let’s rack out to see the more of this new robot car, seen being driven at California and Sansome yesterday:

7j7c2170-copy

The Future is Now…

The Ground Delivery Robots of Balboa Street: Starship Technologies Tests in the Richmond District

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Well, here you go, as ably told by San Francisco Chronicle scribe Carolyn Said:

Starship robots try out deliveries on SF sidewalks

And here’s the scene, yesterday:

7j7c2215-copy

Kind of cute, I suppose. Like something out of 1973’s Sleepers:

7j7c2206-copy

This passerby was fascinated – she couldn’t get enough of this:

7j7c2200-copy

And in the world capital of illegally parked Mercedes Benzes, what do we find on the sidewalks of the Outside Lands, of the Great Sand Wastes of the Middle Richmond, but this? The little robot took a while to think and then simply went around the scofflaw’s car, easy peasy:

7j7c2221-copy

And of course, Facebook, Twitter and some video of this press event here.

Is this The Future?

Tough Times for Pribot: Google Employee’s Robotic Toyota Prius Hybrid Gets in Fender Bender, Gets Ticketed

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Remember happier times back in aught-eight, when “Pribot,” the famous autonomous Prius, was roving the Streets of San Francisco with a huge SFPD escort and teams of camerapeople in tow?

Well, those halcyon days are over, so now Pribot has been relegated to getting ticketed by DPT, just like regular nonrobotic cars.

See?

Click to expand

You can’t see the the damage from when Pribot scraped its left side exiting the Bay Bridge, but these days there’s evidence he/she/it has had more driving trouble.

See?

Did Pribot crash into something? Or maybe a careless San Francisco driver backed up too far? Or maybe a human master made a mistake?

(Of course, when you’re making an omelet, as Google is doing in full force in 2011, you’re going to break a few eggs. Anyway…)

Poor Pribot!

All I could do was put a spare Kraftwerk mixtape under one of its windshield wiper arms and then turn to walk away.

Pribot, you were the first, you are the ur-robotic Prius, you are the Jetfire of the autonomous car universe.

Bon courage, Pribot!

The San Francisco Bomb Squad Shows Off Its Bomb Robot: It Kind of Looks Like a Dog

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Our Bomb Squad is world-class, anyway.

At your service:

Click to expand

What It Looks Like When the SEIU Robocalls You About the Twitter Corporate Welfare Zone Issue

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Somehow this robot call concerned David Chiu as well, I think. Anyway,  it looked like this:

 

Is this how you roll, SEIU? Did I sign up for this?

Don’t think so…