San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors done it a lot worse to test delivery robots this week. In a 5 to one vote, the cabinet handed down some despotic regulations on on the load bots, which have been piloted on city sidewalks over the past several months. Supervisor Norman Yee, who primarily due the law cited concerns around the ‘bots radically holding over city sidewalks.
“Maybe 5 years from now, when we have 20,000 robots roaming around on the streets and people have to walk on the streets with the cars,” Yee told the Board. “Maybe then we’ll do something. That seems to be a problem we have in San Francisco, and we don’t wish to let things get out of palm again.”
Yee’s initial denunciation was some-more same to an undisguised anathema on the ‘bots. The restrictions have malleable given its initial proposal, but things still don’t demeanour good for startups at the forefront of robotic delivery services.
According to the new rules, companies will be singular to 3 robots a piece, with 9 sum robots for the whole city. On top of that, the bots will be relegated to low race industrial areas, which kind of flies in the face of the whole idea of delivering things to people.
Oh, and they’ll need consistent human monitoring and won’t be means to transport some-more than 3 miles an hour — again, digest much of their designed functionality moot. In further to fears around an civic robotic takeover, supporters of the law cited intensity risk to pedestrians — in particular, children and the elderly.
San Francisco’s robotic restrictions arrive on the tail of new law in Virginia and Idaho, which concede delivery ‘bots to work statewide. Unlike San Francisco’s version, those laws were combined with the support of Starship Technologies, a robotics delivery startup formed out of Estonia. Though those laws are limiting in their own right, and manners do make things worse for companies that aren’t Starship.
These sorts of robots have done some high form appearances on San Francisco’s streets in the past year. In many cases, companies have teamed with food delivery services. Back in April, we speckled one ‘bot from Marble cruising the streets sporting a Yelp Eat24 logo. These regulations will no doubt put a large check on plans to pierce over the beginning contrast stages and could potentially convince startups to immigrate to a some-more robot-friendly locale.
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