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Old 07-16-19, 10:22 AM
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I suspect "confuse a bot" might become a competitive sport in the near future. Creative obstacles that paralyze the AI, ideally making them go in small circles.
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Old 07-16-19, 10:30 AM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
I suspect "confuse a bot" might become a competitive sport in the near future. Creative obstacles that paralyze the AI, ideally making them go in small circles.
Do they have voice interfaces?

I'll say "Hey robot? Divide 1 by 0" then watch it slowly overheat until it catches fire.
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Old 07-16-19, 10:32 AM
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I welcome our robot overlords
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Old 07-16-19, 10:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Skipjacks View Post
Do they have voice interfaces?

I'll say "Hey robot? Divide 1 by 0" then watch it slowly overheat until it catches fire.
I was thinking it would be fun to surround them with cardboard "walls".
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Old 07-16-19, 10:41 AM
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Isn't there a company is delivering food with robots on a college campus in the U.S?
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Old 07-16-19, 12:17 PM
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Old 07-16-19, 12:33 PM
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You could start packing a couple garbage bags in the jersey pockets, and when encountering one on the bike path, put a bag over it.
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Old 07-16-19, 02:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Slightspeed View Post
What about the "no motorized vehicle rule" on bike paths?
Can't do that... e-bikes.
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Old 07-16-19, 02:26 PM
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We are always looking for that latest and greatest bike mountable accessory

Does anyone know how to use the bottle cage mounts to attach an EMP device?

Asking for a friend....

Also I'm going to need a remote activation button the handlebars.
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Old 07-16-19, 02:49 PM
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Regardless of sidewalk or bike lane, if these delivery robots grow in number and become a real hazard to pedestrians and cyclists, the city is going to have to step in and regulate them.

I see from these comments that leniency won't be tolerated so the companies deploying them should really think about their impact - which is a challenge because it's something they normally don't do.
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Old 07-16-19, 03:21 PM
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Crack the algorithm then take control via app with a bridge hub to redirect them into a large water hole.
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Old 07-16-19, 04:06 PM
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Crack the algorithm then take control via app with a bridge hub to redirect them into a large water hole.
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Old 07-16-19, 04:25 PM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post

Seriously, if motor rules aren't made very clear, there's some urban paths that could essentially turn them into commercial delivery routes. For example, pedal assist rules currently limit speed,
I have never seen an electric bicycle traveling less than the 15 MPH speed limit on multi use paths.
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Old 07-16-19, 04:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Slightspeed View Post
What about the "no motorized vehicle rule" on bike paths?
It doesn't exist around here. City council opened the paths up to electric bikes, skate boards, and unicycles.

At the same time, they posted a 15 MPH speed limit. Most pedal cyclists didn't exceed that, while nearly all electric bikers and skate boarders do.
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Originally Posted by MikeyMK View Post
Already here in my town, already a problem. I haven't hit one yet but they're fidgety and unpredictable. They don't always keep to their side, they break down... They sit at crossings forever and take up all the space whilst doing so, because they sit between the yellow posts we have at every crossing (pictured)...


When you come up on one sitting at a crossing, tip it over.
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Old 07-16-19, 07:35 PM
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might be a cheap way to get to work during foul weather. there's probably some rule against shipping yourself somewhere though.
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Old 07-16-19, 07:55 PM
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This is why we can't have cool things like the Scandinavians.
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Old 07-17-19, 04:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Drew Eckhardt View Post
It doesn't exist around here. City council opened the paths up to electric bikes, skate boards, and unicycles.

At the same time, they posted a 15 MPH speed limit. Most pedal cyclists didn't exceed that, while nearly all electric bikers and skate boarders do.
I probably wouldn't ride my pedal bike on a path with such a low speed limit. At that w, the street is a better alternative for anyone actually using the path to get somewhere.
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Old 07-17-19, 08:47 AM
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It's robot fighting time!!!




But seriously....I'll just rig up a system where this robot automatically stays 10 feet ahead of my bike and the delivery robot problem will be solved.



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Old 07-17-19, 09:10 AM
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On the good side you could send a little robot ahead with a beer and sandwich and meet it for lunch.
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On the good side you could send a little robot ahead with a beer and sandwich and meet it for lunch.
No, use a drone, and you can change your order while you're en route.
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Old 07-17-19, 11:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Slightspeed View Post
And we need these things ... WHY? ��

What about the "no motorized vehicle rule" on bike paths?
Right. Depends on the enforcement. This one time myself and a colleague were driving a robotic vehicle, basically a suit-case-sized, manually remote-controlled toy (so not autonomous), on a local shared city path, doing some testing. We were asked to move to an adjacent State-owned path. "They probably don't allow motorized vehicles either, but if anyone complains at least it'll take them longer to respond". A nice case of "not my jurisdiction - not my problem". Suffices to say, we never had anyone tell us anything when we were on that State path.

Originally Posted by Troul View Post
Crack the algorithm then take control via app with a bridge hub to redirect them into a large water hole.
The timeless video equivalent of your post:

And it never really got better

But, from looking at the 'pixels' and having seen a few 'robots' in my time, all I can think of is:




Honestly though, if they're predictable, somewhat slow moving, not too large, and there aren't whole armies of them to impede the traffic, I have no problem sharing the path with them. If they manage to follow their planned route very closely (RTK GPS augmented by LIDAR maps?), they'd likely behave better than 80% of the MUP users. If they oscillate all over the road, then I'd be pissed.
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Originally Posted by MikeyMK View Post
Won't that be great to see? Two robots each sitting between the bollards and waiting for the other to get out of the way. Worse than the Chip-n-Dale routine the drivers around here do, trying to give me the right of way when I'm not expecting it. "after you!" ... "no, after you!..."
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Old 07-17-19, 01:19 PM
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Here you go. Won't be long.

This thing is actually pretty cool.


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Originally Posted by fuzzy chainring View Post
Like so many things, it depends.

Around here, some of the MUPs are better alternatives since they don't have the traffic signals that the streets do. That means you have a higher average speed compared to the street, even if you obey the 15 mph speed limit.
That's fair. Generally, though, in a city, I find I'm usually able to route on streets with few enough stops to keep my average speed up above 15.
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