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Facing financial trouble, Mountain View's downtown businesses turn to delivery bots

Original post made on May 11, 2020

A new workforce will soon be ferrying goods between downtown businesses and residents in Mountain View during the county's stay at home order, and they won't even need masks or gloves to stay safe.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, May 11, 2020, 12:30 PM

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Posted by Common sense
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 11, 2020 at 12:42 pm

I don't quite understand the "soon be" and "will be" phrasing in this article.

These deliveries have been happening in Old Mountain View -- the neighborhood described in the story -- for four weeks now, generating a volume of discussion and anecdotes on local electronic media.


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Posted by Stupid Question
a resident of Bailey Park
on May 11, 2020 at 3:42 pm

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Posted by Old Mtn View
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 11, 2020 at 4:10 pm

It is kind of a stupid question, sort of

If you live in an expensive neighborhood it doesn’t necessarily mean you have lots of cash or that you even own the home.

Some people live in houses their family has had for a long time. Many people have million dollar homes but otherwise do not have a lot of extra income. They work ordinary jobs but just came here 30+ years ago.

I wish they’d roll it out to where I live but I also realize it’s not possible in some areas, mostly because of distance and highways and probably some ahh... jerks... would vandalize it.


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Posted by New Things
a resident of Whisman Station
on May 11, 2020 at 5:33 pm

Interesting! It's tough for any business in this crisis, you have to try everything you can. I commend businesses for trying to think outside the box wherever they can to stay viable in this time.


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Posted by ronewolf
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 11, 2020 at 5:55 pm

Alison Hicks puts up an essential requirement saying, "I want to make sure that sidewalks continue to work well for pedestrians, runners and people in wheelchairs." Absolutely right! So far, I've been on the sidewalks with these bots perhaps 5 times. Each time, the bot was moving very slowly or stopped when people were nearby. Seemed to work fine. But, according to the article (well done, thx!), only 10 of these bots on the move right now. What does it look like if there are 100s? And, would they, in turn, reduce neighborhood auto traffic?


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Posted by Groot
a resident of Willowgate
on May 12, 2020 at 12:56 am

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Posted by MVresident
a resident of Rex Manor
on May 12, 2020 at 7:42 am

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Posted by Covid-Kid
a resident of Monta Loma
on May 12, 2020 at 9:19 am

Nice! That's 10 delivery humans/drivers out of work.

#NotProudOfMountainView


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Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 12, 2020 at 10:14 am

Thanks reporter Kevin. I'd agree with the poster about your generally 'good job' now being the lead reporter on 'the City' beat.


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Posted by Common sense
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 12, 2020 at 11:13 am

Posted by Covid-Kid, a resident of Monta Loma, 1 hour ago:

"Nice! That's 10 delivery humans/drivers out of work."

Incorrect! No one was making these deliveries before the service began last month from Ava's Downtown Market. And they are basically short-range, small-capacity deliveries (a cubic food of goods moving a few blocks) -- not normally done by car otherwise anyway. This service fills a separate niche.


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Posted by Oh!
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on May 12, 2020 at 12:22 pm

That's called a smack-down ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^


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Posted by Seth Neumann
a resident of Waverly Park
on May 12, 2020 at 2:38 pm

Well it might be a a job gone, but let's say that jobholder worked 30 hrs a week at $15 hour = $450/wk = 1900/month. Could that person really afford to live here? Might a bot be better than having yet another underhoused person in Mt View?


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Posted by Covid-Kid
a resident of Monta Loma
on May 13, 2020 at 7:35 am

I know a few workers who live with, at least, four other adults who are also employed. You really dont think $1900.00 a month matters to them and their families?

But you made a good point. Lets ramp up all tech so we can push individuals and their families out of Mt.View.


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