San Francisco animal shelter hires robot to keep homeless people away

One of the largest animal rights organizations in the US aims to eliminate animal homelessness in San Francisco, California. Now it is using a robot to deter homeless humans from setting up tents on its property.

Earlier this month, the San Francisco Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SFSPCA) hired a robot to alert authorities when homeless people set up encampments in its parking lot and in the sidewalks surrounding its building.

Rather than using physical force to remove homeless people and their belongings, the robot uses a system of lasers, cameras, a thermal sensor and GPS to alert the authorities. At five feet tall and weighing 500 pounds, the robot can read up to 300 license plates per minute and send alerts when it identifies people on a “blacklist.”