NAU study looks at the relationship between delivery robots and other sidewalk users

By Mark Brodie
Published: Wednesday, July 12, 2023 - 11:16am
Updated: Wednesday, July 12, 2023 - 11:32am

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Starship sidewalk autonomous delivery robots at NAU
Northern Arizona University
Starship sidewalk autonomous delivery robots at Northern Arizona University.

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.

Steve Gehrke
Northern Arizona University
Steve Gehrke

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