Dallas Considering Delivery Robots

Steven Pickering
October 17, 2018 - 7:12 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD)- Four-wheeled delivery robots could soon be rolling down the sidewalks of Dallas. The Dallas City Council is considering a six-month pilot program for "robotic delivery devices" at its meeting today.

The city would work with a company called Marble to allow "a robot that has artificial intelligence that is smart enough to be able to drive on its own," City of Dallas Transportation Director Michael Rogers told a Council committee this summer. Those robots would be large enough to carry small packages or food deliveries, but small enough to travel on city sidewalks. 

During the pilot program, each robot would be accompanied by a human monitor. "They walk behind that particular unit. They're trying to see how it actually navigates when people, dogs, bikes, scooters and everything else get in its way," said Rogers. 

The proposal up for a vote today calls for a six-month pilot program to start on October 18th. Council members who reviewed the ideal this summer were generally in favor of the program. "I'm not sure they're going to take that many trucks off the street, but if they even take a couple...that's great," said Council Member Sandy Greyson.

The City of Arlington already has a similar test program with Marble. San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and Austin also have test programs for delivery robots.

More about Marble Robot HERE