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. https://techcrunch.com/2019/07/11/this-new-autonomous-startup-has-designed-its-delivery-robot-to-conquer-winter/
Refraction's delivery bot will avoid the hard parts of driving by acting not like a car, but like a bicycle. https://www.wired.com/story/food-delivery-robot-wants-share-bike-lane/
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. https://mashable.com/video/rev-1-autonomous-delivery-robot/
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… https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/07/25/new-autonomous-delivery-vehicle-is-designed-operate-like-bicycle/