Update, August 10: Austin City Council voted unanimously to approve the resolution. The Statesman‘s Sebastian Herrera has more here.
On Thursday, August 10, Austin City Council will consider a resolution to approve a pilot project for autonomous delivery bots. ATA is asking you to contact your Council Member to voice support for this innovative means of solving last mile challenges in a sustainable, forward-thinking way.
The resolution requires the “personal delivery devices” to:
- only operate on City of Austin owned sidewalks and crosswalks;
- weigh no more than 300 pounds, excluding cargo;
- have a maximum speed of 10 mph; and
- be capable of operating autonomously.
Curious what it’ll actually look like? Check out this video of a robot delivery service in action: