Coming soon to a sidewalk near you: 200-pound autonomous delivery robots.
Without comment, Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation recently authorizing these devices to use sidewalks. That in turn will pave the way for several companies to start rolling out the robots, which they say can deliver everything from mail to hot pizza, all a lot more cheaply than by people driving cars and trucks.
The final version came after Rep. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, was able to reinsert some protections and limits into her bill – including weight limit, minimum liability insurance and a requirement for brakes – that the Senate had stripped out of the measure after it cleared the House. She insisted on that in the wake of the crash of an Uber in autonomous mode killing a pedestrian in Tempe.
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