A US man has been arrested for allegedly knocking over a security robot while drunk.

The incident took place in a car park in Mountain View, California.

The autonomous robot, called K5, suffered a number of scratches but is now back on patrol.

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It’s a real physical presence, weighing in at 300lb and measuring five feet tall and three feet wide, and would have required some force to topple.

Knightscope says K5 is designed for large outdoor spaces, such as hospitals and corporate campuses, and uses sensors and analytics to detect and report unusual activities.

It also keeps tabs on environmental conditions, wireless signals and license plates, with a “gun detection” feature said to be in development.

K5 can collect over 90TB of data per year, and assist investigators by replaying incidents to them. 

We’ve asked Knightscope if the robot that was assaulted helped police identify Jason Sylvain, the 41-year-old human who allegedly carried out the attack.

“I think this is a pretty pathetic incident because it shows how spineless the drunk guys in Silicon Valley really are because they attack a victim who doesn’t even have any arms,” Mountain View resident Eamonn Callon told .

“I don’t think this is a fair fight, really totally unacceptable.”

Mr Callon aside, it’s a case that’s caused plenty of amusement. However, it also raises a number of valid questions about how such incidents should be handled in the future, as robots and potentially mischievous humans cross paths increasingly often.

Incidentally, another one of Knightscope’s K5 robots knocked a toddler over last summer, inflicting a scratch to his leg and causing swelling to his foot.

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