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Bill seeks to modify Utah traffic code to permit robots to roam sidewalks

SALT LAKE CITY — A bill that would modify Utah traffic code to permit automated personal delivery robots to roam sidewalks advanced through a House committee by a unanimous vote Wednesday.



HB 217 would allow the small motorized devices where pedestrians are allowed, basically to make deliveries within a mile or mile and a half radius.

The personal delivery robots are being used in Europe right now, primarily for pizza and packages. But they think they could also be ideal to deliver medicine as well.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Rep. Barlow is presenting <a href=”;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#HB217</a>, which modifies traffic code to allow personal delivery devices (robots) on sidewalks. <a href=”;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#utpol</a> <a href=”;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#utleg</a> <a href=””></a></p>&mdash; Utah House of Reps (@UtahReps) <a href=””>February 1, 2018</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>There is a robot on the loose in the Capitol! Oliver Nurk of Starship Technologies is going to testify on HB217, which would allow PERSONAL ROBOT 🤖 DELIVERIES on sidewalks. The future is now, folks. <a href=”;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#utpol</a> <a href=”;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#utleg</a> <a href=””></a></p>&mdash; Julia Ritchey (@juliaritchey) <a href=””>January 31, 2018</a></blockquote>
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