Delivery robots could roam Arizona sidewalks under proposed law; Arizona accepts ‘transformative technology,’ says Troy Roberts, Rose Law Group attorney, chairman of Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Emerging Technologies

A personal delivery device made by Starship Technologies is parked outside the Arizona Senate. /Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

By Ryan Randazzo | The Republic

(Editor’s Note: Since this story was published, the Legislature approved the robot bill.)

Small robots could deliver groceries, take-out meals and other small items under regulations being considered by the Arizona Legislature.

The robots could travel on sidewalks and crosswalks like pedestrians. They would have to weigh less than 100 pounds without cargo and travel slower than 10 miles per hour, according to the proposal.


“This law demonstrates again Arizona’s embracing of innovative and transformative technology, and all the benefits that it provides its citizens. It will be exciting to see personal delivery vehicles out and about in the near future.”

~ Troy Roberts