British history professor Matthew McCormack was sporting in the woods when he came across a delivery robot moving alone.
McCormack, who works at the University of Northampton, was cycling Sunday morning at the Lings Wood Nature Reserve northeast of the city.
Meanwhile, the professor saw a 6-wheeled, autonomous delivery robot moving alone along the trail.
With flashing lights and an antenna in the air, the robot was slowly descending from the dusty path beneath the tree shadows.
The professor took a photo of the robot and shared it on his Twitter account, where he usually gives information about the 18th century, with the following note:
This morning I was riding a bike when I saw a delivery robot lost in the woods.
On my bike ride this morning, saw a delivery robot lost in the woods pic.twitter.com/ygiH4Gyrl3
— Matthew McCormack (@historymatt) May 15, 2022
The robot attracted great interest from Twitter users. McCormack reported the reactions to the photo, which was liked by 242,000 people, as follows:
The reactions were always very sweet. Some people said, ‘Pixar should make this a movie.’
Some users who commented on McCormack’s post preferred to empathize with the robot, suggesting that it was actually liberated.
For example, a user named Casey Johnston wrote, “He’s not lost, he’s just freed.”
It was determined that the delivery robot belongs to the technology company Starship Technologies, which is gradually increasing its weight in the region.
Since November 2020, the company’s autonomous robots have been making deliveries for supermarkets.
However, company officials who made statements to Buzzfeed argued that the robot is not actually lost and only does its job.
Henry Harris-Burland, the firm’s vice president of marketing, said: “We appreciate the concern of people about our delivery robots but this robot is not lost, it is in delivery to a customer.”
Our robots can traverse various terrains and choose the safest and most efficient route possible in each of the 10 to 15,000 autonomous deliveries per day.
However, this delivery robot was not the first machine to be allegedly involved in the loss.
Previously, reports of robots stranded on sidewalks or crushed under freight trains were also reflected in the press.
The robot vacuum cleaner, which recently escaped from the Travelodge hotel in Cambridge, also attracted the attention of internet users.
In another incident, there were missing notices for the cleaning robot called Roomba.