Firefighters came to the rescue of a trio of food delivery robots after the AI devices became “confused by their hoses”.
In a video posted online by Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue, members of the emergency service can be seen lifting the Co-op branded automated vehicles.
The footage shows a number of large water hoses lying across the road and between several fire engines. Two of the firefighters can be seen lifting the robots and assisting them navigating past the incident in Cambridgeshire tonight. In all, three of the grocery gadgets had to be saved.
The fire brigade shared the story alongside the amusing footage on their X (Twitter) feed tonight, posting: “Sorry @coopuk our hoses and fire engines confused your delivery robots in #Cambridge this evening as we tackled a building fire, but firefighters helped them on their way – hopefully not too many delays!”
About an hour before the video was posted the brigade posted about an fire at a derelict building on Perne Road at the junction with Mill Road with four fire engines in attendance.
The brigade confirmed to Express.co.uk it had been attending that incident and said: “Four fire engines and an aerial appliance were needed and together with the hoses blocked the road and pathways. They had to assist two or three on their way.”
In response to the hilarious video the Co-op replied to the post, saying: “Thanks for letting us know Cambridgeshire. I’m glad to hear they were able to help. ^Jac.”
According to Cambridgeshire County Council the grocery robots serve around 12,200 households in the Cherry Hinton, Queen Edith, Romsey and Coleridge areas of Cambridge delivering from stores Co-op stores on Perne Road and Cherry Hinton Road.
The website states: “Cambridge residents can order their delivery to arrive in under an hour and watch the robot travel in real-time via an interactive map.
“Once the robot arrives, residents receive an alert and can meet and unlock it through the app.
“Since May 2022, Starship’s robots have carried out many thousands of deliveries in Cambourne alone, with more and more people are using the service to save time and fit shopping around their busy lives.”
The council added: “Introducing the robots to Cambourne has resulted in an estimated 7,798 miles of car journeys saved in the first month and a 1,670kg reduction in CO2 emissions. Reception has been positive, with 98 percent of people saying they would recommend the delivery robots to their friends.”
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This notice was published: 2023-09-16 20:48:00