THE ROBOTS ARE COMING – IF THE COUNCIL APPROVES
Would you like to see robots rolling along Austin’s sidewalks, delivering food and other items for residents? It could be about to happen. On Thursday, the City Council is poised to approve a pilot program that would allow delivery robots to roam the sidewalks of Austin.
This type of robot would be used to deliver meals or other merchandise to someone’s doorstep using video cameras, sensors and a GPS system. They are already in use in several U.S. cities, such as Washington and the San Francisco Bay area.
The City Council is considering allowing them because a company called Starship Technologies has been publicly angling to get its robots on Austin’s streets since last year. Starship works with on-demand delivery companies such as Postmates.
Technically, it is already legal to operate delivery robots in Austin, but Starship wanted the city’s blessing before proceeding.