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Emily Slackerman Ackerman
i (in a wheelchair) was just trapped *on* forbes ave by one of these robots, only days after their independent roll out. i can tell that as long as they continue to operate, they are going to be a major accessibility and safety issue. [thread]
The white, 2-foot tall battery-powered delivery robots will be sharing the sidewalk with Oakland pedestrians starting sometime in late September.
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Emily Slackerman Ackerman Oct 21
Replying to @EmilyEAckerman
the problem is that they wait to cross the street *in the curb cut* which are often not much wider than 1 wheelchair (see picture). when a group of people crosses the street toward it, it doesn't leave the sidewalk because it doesn't sense a clear path to the other side.
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Emily Slackerman Ackerman Oct 21
Replying to @EmilyEAckerman
when a person who NEEDS to use the curb cut is crossing toward it and it refuses to move, the person is trapped in the street. when the light ends and the robot hasn't sensed a safe time to cross, it forces the person to remain in now moving traffic.
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Emily Slackerman Ackerman Oct 21
Replying to @EmilyEAckerman
it's terrifying because there is /nothing/ i can do in the moment. i am not going to have my safety compromised because a non-sentient robot isn't advanced enough to know that it's putting me in danger. i don't know what to do about it, but i'm welcome to suggestions and RTs
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Emily Slackerman Ackerman Oct 21
hey what are you doing about this? hey what are you doing about this?
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Jessica Benham Oct 21
Replying to @EmilyEAckerman
As soon as I saw them, I thought to myself, what a nightmare for accessibility.
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Emily Slackerman Ackerman Oct 21
Replying to @jessicalbenham
i can't wait to meet one on a side walk that's not wide enough for both of us 🙄 they also cover tactile paving which! is bad!
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Matt Gregg Oct 21
Replying to @EmilyEAckerman
Have you been able to brainstorm any interesting solutions to the problem besides taking them off the streets? My brother is in a wheelchair although we're in minneapolis and they probably won't invade our land for a little while
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Emily Slackerman Ackerman Oct 21
Replying to @ItWasMattGregg
in the least, they can't wait IN the curb cuts, but that will probably cause other problems where it's sitting in the middle of a side walk. they're also just... large...
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brigadier general anxiety Oct 21
Replying to @EmilyEAckerman
i will personally fight this robot
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Abby Oct 21
I too am down to fight/sabotage a robot
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