Delivery robots have rolled out onto streets of New York City — and they’re already pushing people’s buttons.
FedEx’s new automated “SameDay Bot” couriers were spotted on the job in lower Manhattan, by bewildered pedestrians who shared videos of the innovative delivery service on social media.
“Wall-E out here flexing all over FedEx delivery drivers,” wrote the account @WhatIsNY on Thursday along with a video of the robotic vehicle cutting through a group crossing Crosby Street near Houston Street.
The same day, a video posted on Reddit showed the bot spinning on its wheels at another location in Soho.
“Skynet is sending its soldiers into the streets of NYC,” the Reddit user joked in a reference to the Terminator movie franchise.
The SameDay Bot uses artificial intelligence and stair-climbing wheels to travel on sidewalks and along roadsides while making same-day deliveries, according to FedEx.
The device — which was first unveiled in February — can bring smaller packages to customers within three miles of stores such as Target, Walgreens and Walmart, the company said.
But Mayor Bill de Blasio slammed the cutting-edge technology Saturday in a tweet, which accused the bot of stealing jobs from New Yorkers.
“First of all, @FedEx, never get a robot to do a New Yorker’s job. We have the finest workers in the world,” Hizzoner wrote. “Second of all, we didn’t grant permission for these to clog up our streets. If we see ANY of these bots we’ll send them packing.”
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