The Commonwealth State of Virginia will be enjoying the service of automated delivery robots this coming June.
The robots are called Starship Technologies’ Personal Delivery Devices or PDDs. They have six wheels and designed to look like coolers. After Gov. Terry McAullife permitted the manufacturer, the PDDs are expected to deliver parcels, groceries, and food within a twi-mile radius in 15-30 minutes.
PDDs have a carrying capacity up to 20 pounds and can travel at the speed of 4 miles per hours.
They are not exempted from the regular traffic and pedestrian rules. Thus, they also have a plate number attached on each of them which contains the owner’s name, contact number, and the machine’s identifying number.
Harmful and explosive materials are prohibited to be delivered. Who knows terrorists might use these for bomb schemes. Even waste substances are not allowed too.
Recharable Li-Ion batteries power up the PDDs. They also have brakes and other safety limitations.
Virginia is the first state in the US that approved a law concerning delivery robots. According to some news, Florida and Idaho will soon follow the same measure.
Although having PDDs might sound futuristic and cool, there are many social concerns too. One of them is the job security of those working in the delivery industry. Robots might prove to be a more reliable way of performing such tasks.
Starship claimed that they did tests of their PDDs in various cities in Europe and 16 countries worldwide answering doubts of the product.
The main concern for people today about PDDs is privacy infringement. These drones are equipped with video cameras which will locate residences on clients.
Credits to Tech News World and Google Images