STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

San Francisco to regulate delivery robots on city sidewalks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Delivery robots in San Francisco will need permits before they can roam city sidewalks under legislation approved by city supervisors.

Posted: Dec 5, 2017 4:48 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Delivery robots in San Francisco will need permits before they can roam city sidewalks under legislation approved by city supervisors.

San Francisco has struggled to regulate hometown startups that grew too popular, including short-term vacation rental platform Airbnb and ride-hailing service Uber.

Supervisor Norman Yee proposed an outright ban on delivery robots but settled on a permitting system. The supervisors approved it Tuesday.

A maximum of nine "autonomous delivery devices" may be allowed at any time in the city.

The robots can't go more than 3 miles per hour (4.8 kilometers per hour) and human operators must be nearby. The robots must yield to pedestrians.

Chief executives for autonomous delivery companies Starship Technologies, Marble and Postmates submitted a letter saying they welcomed government regulations.

Other cities have taken similar steps.

Article Comments

Chico
Scattered Clouds
57° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 57°
Oroville
Scattered Clouds
57° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 57°
Paradise
Scattered Clouds
57° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 57°
Chester
Scattered Clouds
34° wxIcon
Hi: 42° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 27°
Red Bluff
Broken Clouds
57° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 57°
Willows
Scattered Clouds
57° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 57°
Heavy rain and snow has returned to Northern California. Showers and possible thundershowers will continue on Sunday. Drier weather is ahead for most of next week.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events