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In the process of debating Yee’s proposed ban, San Francisco will be helping to define the literal landscape for robots—ideally without running over any toes.
He first met with the police and other agencies about regulating delivery robots in some way but abandoned the idea.
While he isn’t aware of robots tangling with humans on the sidewalks of San Francisco yet, that’s not the point.
But that’s not good enough for San Francisco Supervisor Norman Yee, who just proposed legislation to ban delivery robots of all types, saying they’re a public safety hazard.
And San Francisco finds itself choked with perhaps 45,000 extra cars as of late last year.
San Francisco will be helping to define the literal landscape for robots
as informed in San Francisco may soon ban food delivery robots from its streets and sidewalks because of fears they may be obstacles to elderly people, children, and people with disabilities.
A few weeks later, Yelp’s ( yelp ) Eat24 meal delivery service started making robot delivery an option in two San Francisco neighborhoods.
This is somewhat ironic considering that San Francisco prides itself on being receptive to new technologies.
Elsewhere, government bodies including the state of Virginia, have signed off on the use of delivery robots.
Robots are already being used in San Francisco, so this proposed legislation isn’t a moot point.
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – San Francisco Supervisor Norman Yee introduced legislation Tuesday that would prohibit delivery robots on public streets in the city.
“The supervisor recognizes that San Francisco is the hub of innovation and wants to encourage that,” Erica Maybaum, Yee’s legislative aide, told KCBS.
“We met with different stakeholders and concluded that the best way to protect our public right-of-way is to prohibit the use of these automated delivery robots,” Yee said in a statement.
The robots, also known as autonomous delivery devices, transport items and products for commercial purposes and are typically operated and monitored remotely.
Robert O’Sullivan supports the legislation and called the robots a safety risk for pedestrians, including children, seniors and those with limited mobility.