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    “Marsha” Delivery Robot is BACK with a New Look by West Hollywood Artist Sküt

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    Serve Robotics and Artist Sküt unveiled Marsha 2024, a delivery robot art collab in its second year, featuring new original artwork to celebrate Pride. There was a small ceremony at Rocco’s Weho adjacent the iconic rainbow crosswalks in the City of West Hollywood on Friday. Mayor John Erickson attended the event. Those in attendance received a free print as a momento.

    “As an openly gay artist and founder in the tech world, I saw this opportunity to activate and engage through art,” said Sküt via statement. “I pitched the concept to Serve Robotics CEO Ali Kashani. He embraced the vision and we built an organic synergy together.”

    “Serve Robotics is thrilled to celebrate Pride Month and LGBTQ history with the West Hollywood community. This year we’re excited to deepen our collaboration with renowned graphic artist Sküt, infusing our robotic fleet with the same creativity and diversity that defines our community,” said Ali Kashani, Co-Founder and CEO of Serve Robotics.

    “As a premier eatery and nightclub for the LGBTQ community and a popular tourist destination in the heart of West Hollywood’s Rainbow District, Rocco’s is honored to host Marsha for Pride,” said Adolfo Espinosa, a partner at Rocco’s Weho. “Thank you Serve Robotics, Sküt, and Mayor John Erickson for supporting and celebrating our city.”

    The new 2024 artwork highlights Historic Route 66 along Santa Monica Boulevard by integrating Gilbert Baker’s original 1978 Rainbow Pride Flag eight color palette with Daniel Quasar’s 2018 “Progress Pride” BIPOC and trans flag tones, into a bold street-art inspired graphic dubbed “Weho 66.”

    “Great design solves visual problems. I wanted to infuse generational Pride themes into an iconic symbol,” Sküt added. “Weho 66 honors the past while embracing the present with fresh hyperlocal livery in a historical context.”

    Marsha, the Serve Robotics Pride delivery robot, is named after the late Marsha P. Johnson, a queer liberation trans activist and self-identified drag queen who was prominent in the 1969 Stonewall uprising. Johnson was a courageous and inspiring advocate for LGBTQ rights and is remembered as a hero and icon.

    “I’m delighted that Serve Robotics continues to support our community by partnering with Weho’s very own artist Sküt to honor our rich history with an amazing new design of Marsha,” said Mayor John Erickson. “It is so timely and relevant that she debuts at Rocco’s next to the West Hollywood rainbow crosswalks along Historic Route 66 to share a message of Pride.”

    “We honor the trailblazers who sacrificed so much for our equity, liberty, and progress,” concludes Sküt. “Love is Love, and art is vital to celebrating humanity through creativity and happiness.”

    About The Artist Sküt

    Sküt @inkedbyskut is a LA native featured West Hollywood artist, sculptor, and muralist. He has exhibited at Mondrian Los Angeles, Aquarium of the Pacific, Circus of Books West Hollywood, The Artist Tree, and The Other Art Fair by Saatchi. You know Sküt (aka Scott Lewallen) as original designer and Co-Founder of Grindr (the world’s largest social network for gay, bi, trans, and queer people) and advocate for LGBTQ equity and environmental causes. Sküt is currently showing an immersive art installation at Circus of Books through June 2024. He created a massive 40-foot-long mural dubbed “Happiness” on display in Skybar at Mondrian Los Angeles on Sunset Blvd.

    About Serve Robotics

    Backed by Uber and NVIDIA, Serve Robotics develops advanced, AI-powered, low-emissions sidewalk delivery robots that endeavor to make delivery sustainable and economical. Spun off from Uber in 2021 as an independent company, Serve has completed tens of thousands of deliveries for enterprise partners such as Uber Eats and 7-Eleven. Serve has scalable multi-year contracts, including a signed agreement to deploy up to 2,000 delivery robots on the Uber Eats platform across multiple U.S. markets.

    For more information about Serve Robotics (Nasdaq:SERV), please visit www.serverobotics.com or follow them on social media via X (Twitter), Instagram, or LinkedIn @serverobotics.

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    Pavan K
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    20 hours ago

    How well does it handle stairs? What are the limitations when reaching doors of vendors and or doors of customers?

    Natasha
    Natasha
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    1 month ago

    Very colorful.

    S. J. Harker
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    1 month ago

    You can put lipstick on a pig but it’s still a pig. The delivery robots are still a hazard to pedestrians. They block sidewalks and get stuck in on coming traffic.
    they should be banned to protect pedestrians of all varieties: young, old, disabled and able bodied. WHY ? City Council majority recently voted in favor of bike lanes for the safety of cyclists. Apparently, they don’t feel pedestrians need safety or they would stop voting for things that are a threat to those who walk or drive.

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    West
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    1 month ago

    Total clown show. Sickening that these technologies replacing human workers are branded with social justice “heroes” like MPJ. Notably, these machines are not fully autonomous, but are monitored by low wage workers likely in the third world. Initially posed as a “COVID safe” alternative to basic human interaction, they were quickly normalized as a “green” replacement to human labor. People need to wake up.

    Shane
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    1 month ago

    Serve Robotics robots are completely autonomous, the company says. You might be thinking of Coco Robotics, which is a Santa Monica based company and are controlled by people working from home in the U.S., the company says.

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    1 month ago

    Serve is rather opaque about their self driving tech. While they tout the autonomous aspect for investors, they also admit their fleets are overseen by human operators. Where these workers are employed is less clear, but other companies with a similar business model are certainly employing workers from outside the US. Thanks for the info on Coco, but it’s prudent to take these companies’ claims with a grain of salt. I believe we shouldn’t normalize the mass deployment of these robots at the expense of human workers, no less brand them using the legacy of “social justice heros”. It’s tone… Read more »

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    S. J. Harker
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    1 month ago

    Completely autonomous is a very bad thing. And if the “controlled by people” types are the ones that are stalling out in oncoming traffic, I’d say they aren’t working so well.

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    Cy Husain
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    Reply to  West
    1 month ago

    Drone technology developed by the military industrial complex for intended use of reconnaissance in an area of active combat does NOT take into consideration your reasonable expectations of privacy in a civilian world. Delivery bots have already been used to monitor Political/Social Activists by the LAPD & LASD with the use of data to criminalize communities. The fact that this technology is becoming even MORE autonomous, has nightmarish implications for personal and public freedom & privacy.

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    West
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    1 month ago

    Great point, this commercial tech is all downstream from DARPA. It’s hardly a stretch to consider its eventual use doesn’t stop at consumer convenience. For example, the robodogs recently purchased by LAPD have capacity to be equipped with weapons payloads… eventually.

    Last edited 1 month ago by West
    Jerome Cleary
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    1 month ago

    interesting

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