The robot named “Spot” recently began delivering food and water to a COVID-19-positive person living at HPD’s Homeless Outreach and Navigation for Unsheltered Persons, or HONU project at Ke’ehi Lagoon.

Joseph O’Neil, acting lieutenant of HPD’s community outreach unit, says the need for the program doubled since the beginning of August. There’s currently 78 people on site.

“Having the ability to deploy something that can do all interactions on a mobile platform and take the possibility of transmission out of the equation for me I really don’t think that over the long term a $150,000 is a waste,” he said.

He says the robot dog can not only scan temperatures at seven feet away, but can also carry supplies and has two-way communication.

HPD earlier said the need for Spot arose when officers and civilians were being taken off the line of duty to quarantine due to COVID-19 exposures.

 I had a little trouble adding the actual video of the story here so click on the story to view it.
And yes, they have Disqus..