Refraction, a new autonomous delivery robot company that came out of stealth Wednesday at TC Sessions: Mobility, sees opportunity in areas most AV startups are avoiding: regions with the worst weather.


Refraction's delivery bot will avoid the hard parts of driving by acting not like a car, but like a bicycle.


Refraction AI, an autonomous robotics startup, created the REV-1, a low-cost, lightweight autonomous delivery robot that can operate in both the bike lane and on the roadway.


In cities like Houston, Phoenix and San Francisco, drivers have been sharing busy roads with autonomous delivery vehicles for months now.

In Ann Arbor, Mich., the creators of a new autonomous vehicle have designed their robot to operate on local streets — but more like a bicycle than a car…