San Francisco residents might see some Postmates delivery robots on their sidewalks soon. It looks like the food and groceries delivery service has secured what is likely the first permit allowing sidewalk robotics operations in the city. The future is here!
Postmates introduced the robots in December and revealed plans to send the robot to homes and offices. You will be able to unlock its compartment with your phone or a code and get your goods. The robot can carry up to 50 pounds of goods and for up to 30 miles on a charge.
This is not the first time San Fran has had robots on the sidewalks. A few years ago, it was a testing ground for delivery robots from some companies. But this stopped after the city restricted their use on sidewalks, requiring companies to secure permission first. Now San Fran is officially allowing a company to test delivery robots.
A Postmates spokesperson says, “We’ve been eager to work directly with cities to seek a collaborative and inclusive approach to robotic deployment that respects our public rights of way, includes community input, and allows cities to develop thoughtful regulatory regimes.”
The robots are invading, but at least they are delivering us food and such.
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