OFweekRobotEarlier this year, Virginia and Iowa passed legislation to legalize food delivery robots (delivery robots/delivery robots) on the road in these two states.
On the 21st US time, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (Scott Walker) signed a new law to allow food delivery robots to drive on crosswalks and sidewalks across the state. The food delivery Robot has another city, and the delivery boy’s job is at stake.
In most parts of the United States, robots are not allowed on the streets. In March, Virginia was the first to pass a law allowing robots to use sidewalks for deliveries. Subsequently, Iowa also passed relevant laws (officially enforced in early July). On the 22nd of this month, Wisconsin became the third.
Lobbying by robotics company Starship played a key role in the legislative process in all three states. The company’s food delivery robots have been used by European countries for several years, and the technology is relatively mature, and they have been trying to expand the market these years. After entering the US market, Starship quickly reached a cooperation with DoorDash, a takeaway O2O company, to provide the latter with short-distance delivery robots within 1-2 kilometers.
It is reported that Wisconsin law stipulates that the robot cannot weigh more than 80 pounds (about 36kg) and cannot travel faster than 10 miles per hour (16km/h). When a robot delivers meals, it must be under the remote monitoring of staff to prevent accidents.
The 80-pound weight limit mentioned in the law is somewhat politically quid pro quo. Previously, the ground delivery robot company Marble had a “roadshow” in San Francisco, but the delivery robot at Marble’s house weighed more than 80 pounds and did not meet the requirements for road use.
As of April this year, Starship has contacted the government departments and legislative departments of many states in the United States to negotiate robot legislation, but so far, apart from these three states, no other state has explicitly stated that it wants to join the legalization team. Among them, Florida has the most ambiguous attitude and a relatively strong willingness to legislate, but the legalization process of delivery robots in the state has stalled since it received many complaints from the public a few months ago.
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