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Delivery Robots? Dallas Joining List of Cities Thinking About Them

In August, San Francisco-based Marble launched two test robots to begin mapping streets in Arlington

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    Delivery Robots? Dallas Leaders Considering Them

    Delivery robots could soon come to the city of Dallas. City council’s Mobility Solutions, Infrastructure, and Sustainability Committee will be briefed on a new pilot program regarding Robot Delivery Devices. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018)

    Are delivery robots coming to Dallas?

    Dallas city council’s Mobility Solutions, Infrastructure, and Sustainability Committee will be briefed Wednesday on a new pilot program regarding robot delivery devices.

    A “robotic delivery device” is an electronically powered, autonomous vehicle used for transporting goods. It’s no more than 26 inches wide and 48 inches high, and operates at a maximum speed of 5 mph. Sensors will allow the robots to process a picture of the environment in order to navigate safe pathways and detect objects around it.

    According to transportation leaders, the robots will reduce the number of delivery vehicles on the roads. They say the decrease in vehicles will cut pollution and traffic congestion.

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    A 4-year-old girl was left alone inside a minivan overnight in a Milwaukee tow lot, authorities said. An impaired driver was pulled over and arrested for operating while intoxicated. Officers removed a 10-month-old child from the vehicle but left the 4-year-old girl, who spent the night in the tow lot where temperatures dropped to 19 degrees.

    (Published Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018)

    If the pilot project is approved, the robots will only operate on city-designated sidewalks and will obey all traffic control devices and signs. 

    In August, San Francisco-based Marble launched two test robots to begin mapping streets in Arlington. Arlington's city council gave the green light in June for private companies to deploy robotic devices for testing.

    ONLINE: City of Dallas Memorandum on robotic delivery devices

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