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Report: Virginia is first state to legally support robot delivery traffic


Virginia’s new law is a coup for robotics.

The commonwealth is the first state to pass legislation allowing delivery robots to operate on sidewalks and crosswalks across the state, according to ReCode.

As of July 1, robots can rove autonomously on streets in a crosswalk at a maximum of 10 miles per hour. Robots, which cannot weigh over 50 lbs., don’t have to be visible to controllers. However, users must be accessible remotely to take over if it goes awry, the report explained.

Similar legislation is proposed in both Idaho and Florida, ReCode reported.

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