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2020 Senate Bill 892: Make rules for ‘semi-autonomous personal delivery devices’ ('R2D2')
Introduced by Sen. Dan Lauwers (R) on April 28, 2020
To establish regulations allowing for-profit “business entities” to use semi-autonomous “personal delivery devices” to make deliveries on roads and sidewalks. The bill defines these as devices for transporting cargo on sidewalks or on the side or shoulder of a roadway “with the remote support and supervision of a human.” The bill would require that a human “monitor the personal delivery device while it is being operated and, if necessary, promptly take control.” It establishes that these are not “vehicles” subject to licensure, prescribes required safety equipment and specific “rules-of-the-road” (and sidewalks), addresses user liability issues and more. Among other things, a businesses would be liable for damages caused by the devices, unless the employee (“agent”) actually operating used it “outside the scope of the agent's authority”.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on April 28, 2020
Reported in the Senate on June 25, 2020
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
To establish regulations allowing semi-autonomous “personal delivery devices” to make deliveries on roads and sidewalks. The bill defines these as devices for transporting cargo on sidewalks or on the side or shoulder of a roadway “with the remote support and supervision of a human.” The bill would require that a human operator monitor the device and be able to promptly take control. It establishes that these are not “vehicles” subject to licensure, prescribes required safety equipment and specific “rules-of-the-road” (and sidewalks), addresses user liability issues and more. Local government regulation would be preempted, but local authorities could choose to ban the devices, with some exceptions.
Received in the House on September 10, 2020
Referred to the House Transportation Committee on September 10, 2020

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