Russian Robot Escapes From Its Lab and Starts Wandering the Streets
Traffic was brought to a standstill when a runaway robot escaped from a lab - and then ran out of battery on a busy road.
Promobot, or promotion robot, is a Perm thing: created and built in Russian Federation, its main functions include those of a host and source of information.
Rather than going on a murderous Terminator rampage, the robot simply found its way to a nearby street and promptly ran out of juice after covering a distance of 50 metres.
In a video taken of the scene, the robot appears to be stranded in the middle of the road, forcing cars to carefully move around it.
Promobot, located in Perm, Russia, designs robots to navigate through crowds (such as those at theme parks or events) to answer guest questions, but can - as its name suggest - serve as a means for promotion, with built-in louspeakers created to attract a crowd. The robot is eventually wheeled away.
One Russian media outlet reckons that Promobot deliberately released the machine as part of a publicity stunt.
The team noticed the "missing" only 45 minutes into the robot's travel stint and by the time they tracked "him" down there was a puzzled crowd. Back in 2014, a hacker helped a telepresence robot escape from a locked room.