Autonomous delivery robots will soon be allowed on Washington state’s sidewalks.
Starship Technologies — an Estonia-based company started by Skype’s co-founders — builds delivery robots like the ones Washington just greenlit. Starship worked closely with Washington state lawmakers on the legislation so perhaps it’s fitting that one of the company’s robots delivered the bill to Inslee.
“Thank you starship … but I can assure you, their technology will never replace the Washington state legislature,” Inslee said before signing the bill.
Under the new regulations, the devices:
In January, Amazon began testing its own delivery robot in Snohomish County, Wash., near the company’s Seattle headquarters. The so-called “Scout” device looks a bit like a cooler on wheels and travels down sidewalks at a walking pace. Amazon partnered with the county on the pilot. Today’s news allows devices like Scout to operate statewide.
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