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22 Apr, 2023
1 min time to read

The New York Fire Department had a robodog with Dalmatian-like markings as one of its first responders, but it encountered significant difficulties while surveying the area.

On Tuesday, a parking garage in Manhattan collapsed, resulting in the death of one person and injuring five others.

In a viral social media video, a Spot robodog, purchased by the NYFD from Boston Dynamics for $75,000 each, is seen walking into the rubble but falls over onto its side, suggesting that it may not have been the best option for the job.

The use of these quadrupeds by the police department in New York City was controversial, resulting in the agency terminating its contract with Boston Dynamics due to mounting pressure from critics in 2021. However, the NYPD recently reinstated its robodogs, which caused backlash from New Yorkers.

The video of the NYFD robodog's stumble is particularly surprising since these machines are primarily advertised for reconnaissance and rescue missions. Although it's unclear from the video whether the robodog can get up on its own or requires human intervention, it's still not a good look considering the high cost and public opinion.

Twitter users shared their reactions, with one saying they could have done better, and another suggesting the "Price is Right" losing airhorn.