NAU study looks at the relationship between delivery robots and other sidewalk users
There can be competition for sidewalk space in many areas, between pedestrians, joggers, skateboarders, dog walkers — and, in some places, delivery robots.
New research from Northern Arizona University, where a six-wheeled fleet of these robots has been operating for a few years, shows the routes they take could be a big help in limiting conflicts between the robots and other sidewalk users.
Steve Gehrke is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography, Planning and Recreation at NAU and worked on the study. Gehrke joined The Show to talk about what he and his colleagues found.