Ready for a robot to deliver your packages? New Oklahoma law allows ground-based drones
Drones aren't just for flying.
"Personal delivery devices," or drones that crawl along sidewalks, soon could be used to deliver packages after Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a law allowing small autonomous vehicles to operate primarily on sidewalks and crosswalks in Oklahoma.
FedEx and Amazon have pushed for similar laws across the country, and both companies already have ground-based delivery drones operating in other states.
"(The law) basically allows personal delivery devices to operate on sidewalks, crosswalks or any street in a municipality, just to make sure that our citizens of Oklahoma are getting the latest technology and deliverables to their home with ease," said the bill's author, state Sen. Paul Rosino.
Amazon, FedEx among companies competing for drone delivery
Amazon brought its Amazon Scout autonomous delivery system to cities in Georgia and Tennessee last year after a yearlong test run in other locales. The Scout debuted in 2019.
FedEx's Roxo delivery bot has performed tests in New Hampshire, Tennessee and Texas, and the company said in a statement that it looks forward to introducing the delivery system in new markets.