THE RO­BOTS ARE COM­ING – IF THE COUN­CIL AP­PROVES

Austin American-Statesman - - MORE OF TODAY’S TOP NEWS - — LILLY ROCK­WELL, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

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.

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