Robot bursts into flames on a university campus in San Francisco as it dropped off a take away

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A roving delivery robot made the mistake of dropping off a student's takeout order well-done after it caught fire at the University of California, Berkeley.

On Friday, students found a Kiwi delivery robot consumed by flames in the middle of campus.

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A 30-second clip of the incident shows people looking on, many with their phones pulled out, watching idly as the four-wheeled droid burns, until a passerby finally puts out the flames with a fire extinguisher.

Kiwi Campus, the startup behind the device, later explained that the mishap was due to 'human error' and that it was removing all of its other robots from operation until it resolved an issue with the device's defective battery.

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'On the 14th of December this year, one of the batteries for our robot that was idling started smouldering, eventually leading to some smoke and minor flames,' the company said in a blog post.

'...Within moments of the incident occurring, it had already been contained.

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'...We took this issue very seriously. Immediately upon learning of the incident, our operations team was dispatched to attend to the robot.

'We promptly pulled all of our robots from operations, suspending our service until we were able to investigate the root cause.

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'...At no time were customers or members of the public at risk,' the firm added.

Kiwi concluded that the issue stemmed from 'human error,' as an employee had replaced the robot's battery with a defective one.

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This caused the battery to experience 'thermal runaway,' which occurs when a damaged battery is overcharged or exposed to excessive temperatures, causing it to continuously overheat and, in some cases, catch fire.

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