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Last-mile delivery startup wants to put robots in bike lanes

Old 07-15-19, 10:17 PM
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Last-mile delivery startup wants to put robots in bike lanes

This isn't even The Onion.
REV-1 is larger than most delivery robots, which are about the size of coolers and drive on sidewalks. But it’s smaller and less expensive than autonomous delivery vans or shuttles. The robot is lightweight and low-power enough to “qualify under e-bike regulations,” says Refraction’s website, and at 32 inches wide it slots neatly into a bike lane.

“Our platform is lightweight, nimble and fast enough to operate in the bike lane and on the roadway,” Johnson-Roberson told Trucks.com. With a unit cost of around $5,000, the REV-1 will also be more affordable than bigger rivals, while still offering enough space to carry four packed grocery bags of shopping.

https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/15/2...-refraction-ai

The robots are coming.
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Old 07-16-19, 12:54 AM
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Can they make them bigger and faster so we can at least draft them?
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I hope they have spoked wheels I can target with a frame pump.
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Will it also run red lights?
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I hope they use Strava.
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I hope they have spoked wheels I can target with a frame pump.
If these things hit my streets, I'll start carrying a frame pump.
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I don't see any extra problem. We already have robots on bike paths. Sometimes they are known as pedestrians or cyclists.
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Motor pacing
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Makes stealing groceries a whole lot easier...
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At least your thread stayed on topic!
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Just one more POS in the bike lane/MUP
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