Virginia is the first state to pass legislation allowing delivery robots to operate autonomously on sidewalks and crosswalks, meaning companies like Amazon and Postmates could soon bring your order all the way to your doorstep.
The law, which goes into effect July 1, limits the robots to speeds under 10 mph and weight under 50 pounds. And while they don’t need attendants to be physically present, they do need to be monitored remotely. Local governments can regulate how the robots operate within their jurisdiction, including whether they are permitted at all, but the bill’s sponsors report that “there wasn’t push back” from legislators.
The bill was created in partnership with delivery robotics company Starship Technologies.