The Commonwealth of Virginia is the first US state to pass a law that allows delivery robots to operate on sidewalks and crosswalks throughout the state.
|The governor signed the bill into law last Friday but the the legislation comes into effect July 1st. Ron Villanueva and Bill DeSteph sponsored the bill with the aid of Starship Technologies which developed the robot. Robots operating under the law must not be able to travel more than 10 miles per hours or weigh more than 50 pounds. They will be able to operate autonomously. While the law does not require the robots to be within the line of sight of the person controlling it, the operator must be able to remotely monitor it so that it can be taken over if it goes astray. The robot can be on the street only at a crosswalk.|