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Expansion of autonomous delivery robots clears Senate

An autonomous delivery robot on the campus of University of California Berkeley./ Photo by Ganbaruby /Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0

By Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | Arizona Mirror

A proposal to expand the role of mini self-driving delivery devices, including allowing them to be on Arizona highways, passed its first hurdle on Wednesday. 

Senate Bill 1305 would expand on an already existing law that allows autonomous delivery robots to share sidewalks with pedestrians. 

The expansion, proposed by Sen. David Livingston, R-Peoria, adds to the areas that the devices are allowed to operate. It also expands the definition of a “personal delivery device.” 

The new definition scraps restrictions that limit the devices to sidewalks and cap their weight to 200 pounds, excluding cargo. 

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