A new deliver robot services was spotted in San Francisco. It was not clear which company is testing this platform. The platform has a small rack plus a Lidar system mounted on top carrying a thermo bag. The logo was covered by one of the rack pilars. Here are some photos:
City administrators from San Francisco were looking at those developments with some concerns. They fear that robots are not just occupying space on sidewalks, but also pose a hazard for pedestrians. That’s why Segways or bicycles are not allowed on public sidewalks.
Palo Alto currently is deciding whether to allow such robots on sidewalks. Robby Technologies in Palo Alto is one of the startups working on a personal delivery robot.
And then there is another startup named Dispatch. This one was funded by Andreessen Horowitz with two million dollars.
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