Virginia and Idaho are the first two states to have granted permission for robot mobility. Now robots also have the same rights as humans to commute by the sidewalk of the states. The current state laws are given high priority particularly for Starship Technologies, although located in Estonia, it can remotely control its robots within the boundaries of the USA.
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Purpose of the new robot-delivery startup
The co-founders named Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis of Starship Technologies are also the co-founders of Skype. They have mainly designed these robots for delivering groceries and food items, including everything on demand for people. Once sanctioned, any upcoming startup in the same industry will not be entitled to the same benefits as currently enjoyed by this robot-delivery startup.
Jurisdictions to be followed
Even these delivery robots cannot weigh more than 40 pounds for the sidewalks of Virginia and 80 for Idaho; Marble, its competitor and currently serving take-outs for citizens uses a rover weighing more than 80 pounds.
These rovers are pretty remarkable and some of them are designed for carrying luggage while following you in the airport while traveling weighs around 70 pounds.
Although Starship claims to have not taken part in minimizing competition in any manner, but it eventually took place. As per an email sent by the COO Allan Martinson,
“When we launched our first public affairs efforts, our competitors were still in stealth mode. We still do not know their operational parameters,”
Wisconsin is their next target
At this moment, the committee in Wisconsin is yet to decide whether to let robots commute on the sidewalks or not and can weigh 80 pounds maximum.
Despite having equal rights over the sidewalk, the municipalities of these three states (Virginia, Idaho, and Wisconsin) still holds the rights to revert the law if needed, depending on the comfort of the citizens.
An unanticipated outcome…
Starship isn’t driving any of its robots currently on the streets of the American states; however, if it continues patenting its idea across other states, competition will continue to soar for others.
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