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Bill Detail: SB20-092

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Title Robotic Device Deliver Cargo
Status Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Postpone Indefinitely (02/26/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Business & Economic Development
  • Transportation & Motor Vehicles
House Sponsors
Senate Sponsors J. Bridges (D)
House Committee
Senate Committee Business, Labor and Technology
Date Introduced 01/13/2020
Description

The bill regulates the use of mobile carrying devices and personal
delivery devices (robotic devices). A mobile carrying device is a
self-propelled robot that transports cargo within a pedestrian area while

remaining within 25 feet of a human operator. A personal delivery device
is a self-propelled robot that transports cargo within a pedestrian area or
on a highway with the remote support and supervision of a human. These
robotic devices are not vehicles for the purposes of the traffic code.
The bill establishes the following regulations:
  • A robotic device may be used to deliver cargo within a
pedestrian area or, if the robotic device is a personal
delivery device, on a highway;
  • A business is deemed the operator of a robotic device for
compliance with traffic laws when the device is used to
deliver cargo within a pedestrian area, but if an agent of the
business is acting outside the scope of the agent's office or
employment, the agent is the operator;
  • A person is not an operator of a robotic device merely
because the person requests delivery or because the person
dispatched the device;
  • To use a robotic device to deliver cargo within a pedestrian
area, a person must ensure that the device:
  • Complies with pedestrian traffic laws and local
regulations;
  • Yields to or does not obstruct the right-of-way of
other traffic;
  • Is not used to transport hazardous materials; and
  • Is monitored and controlled;
  • To use a personal delivery device within a pedestrian area
or on a highway or to use a mobile carrying device within
a pedestrian area, the device must be equipped with an
adequate braking system;
  • To use a personal delivery device to deliver cargo within a
pedestrian area or on a highway, the device must be
equipped with:
  • The name and contact information of the owner and
a unique identification number; and
  • Adequate lights if used at night;
  • The speed of a robotic device is limited to no more than 12
miles per hour within a pedestrian area and no more than
20 miles per hour on a highway; and
  • To use a robotic device to deliver cargo within a pedestrian
area or on a highway, a person must maintain an insurance
policy of at least one hundred thousand dollars for damages
caused by the device.
A local authority may regulate these robotic devices, but the
regulation may not conflict with the bill, limit the hours of operation or
zones of operation, or substantially prohibit the use of robotic devices.
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