A New Package Delivery Option in Washington State: Robots

May 3, 2019 AT 7:01 AM

By Monica Nichelsburg

Autonomous delivery robots will soon be allowed on Washington state’s sidewalks.

On Tuesday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law that establishes new regulations for “personal delivery devices” like the delivery robot Amazon unveiled earlier this year.

Starship Technologies — an Estonia-based company started by Skype’s co-founders — builds delivery robots like the ones Washington just greenlit. Starship worked closely with Washington state lawmakers on the legislation so perhaps it’s fitting that one of the company’s robots delivered the bill to Inslee.

“Thank you starship … but I can assure you, their technology will never replace the Washington state legislature,” Inslee said before signing the bill.

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