San Diego — A former truck repair lot next to an unassuming three-bedroom on a backstreet in El Cajon has been transformed into a testing site for a two and a half foot tall, ATV-like robot that thanks to a pair of front-facing lights brings to mind the lovable Pixar character Wall-e.

But while its relatively cute, as robots go, no unsettling Boston Dynamics-esque vibes here, the four-wheeled machine weighs 200 pounds and comes equipped with a bullhorn night vision and thermal imaging capabilities, lidar to map surroundings and the potential to zoom for hours at upto 30mph.

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