Autonomous delivery operator finds state regulated bike lane and roadway regulations easier to manage than sidewalk regulations that vary by municipality.

Autonomous delivery operator in Ann Arbor Michigan designs robot to operate on road instead of sidewalk.

Ann Arbor; Michigan; United States

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Market factors that are attractive to deployers:
  • College students who are quick adopters of new technology
  • Density of restaurants
  • States with roust AV and e-bike regulation.
Why Refraction AI operates on the street instead of sidewalk:
  • Less regulatory and technical challenges than sidewalk which requires complying to regulation of each municipality
  • Their speed (12 m/hr) and weight (100 lbs) meet classifications of a Class 2 E-Bike so they can legally use bike lane or road lane in most states.

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Last Mile Robot Launches Snowy Pilot In Quest To Own Food Delivery Market

Author: Paris, Martine

Published By: Forbes Magazine

Source Date: 12/15/2019

URL: https://www.forbes.com/sites/martineparis/2019/12/15/last-mile-robot-launches-snowy-pilot-in-quest-to-own-food-delivery-market/#69e5958c6b7f

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