Incident 519: Starship Delivery Robot Ran into Problems Traversing Campus Terrains

Description: A Starship autonomous delivery robot struggled to navigate campus terrains of UCLA, reportedly getting stuck into a planter and falling off the stairs.


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Alleged: Starship Technologies developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed Starship Technologies.

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Khoa Lam

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Anatomy of an AI Incident: The Starship Robotics Delivery Robot · 2022

During a recent stop over at UCLA, I opportunistically recorded a video of a delivery robot that almost immediately got into trouble. What follows is an introduction to the design elements of delivery robots as shown by a series of unfortun…


A "variant" is an incident that shares the same causative factors, produces similar harms, and involves the same intelligent systems as a known AI incident. Rather than index variants as entirely separate incidents, we list variations of incidents under the first similar incident submitted to the database. Unlike other submission types to the incident database, variants are not required to have reporting in evidence external to the Incident Database. Learn more from the research paper.