The impetus for the robot—that zips across the Pechanga lobby and even introduces himself to patrons—was extra security, following the Las Vegas shooting on October 1, 2017 (OP: I added the Murder at Pechanga because it did HAPPEN, but hey, Vegas is more sexy right? ) Buddy uses bot sensors to navigate a crowd with high-definition video and audio recorders, in addition to thermal imaging.
“The world that we’re in today, we got to be forward-thinking and creative and out of the box,” Robert Krauss, vice president of public safety for Pechanga, told CBS.
Buddy’s stationary counterpart Rudy monitors visitors entering and exiting the casino.
While Pechanga intends to increase its bot security, the resort will not replace human job opportunities with technology, said Krauss, describing the robots as merely a “tool.”