iBay Technologies is revolutionizing deliveries by using autonomous delivery robots. The robots are designed to deliver goods locally in minutes. The delivery robots have traveled tens of thousands of miles, met millions of people and have been tested around the world to date. They drive autonomously but are monitored by humans who can take over control at any time. iBay is committed to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion and safety, while upholding the highest standards of corporate responsibility and ethical business conduct.
This pilot is intended to provide city staff and residents experience with personal delivery devices (PDDs) in order to create informed local policies before the widespread deployment of PDDs.
Personal Delivery Devices (PDDs), also known as delivery robots, are ground delivery robots that are remotely operated, self-driving, or both. PDDs primarily operate in pedestrian areas, but at times operate on the street.
Under Pennsylvania law PDDs:
- are defined as pedestrians,
- can weigh up to 550 pounds empty, and
- can operate at speeds up to 12 miles per hour on sidewalks.
Pittsburgh has several concerns around the safety, accessibility, weight, speed, momentum, device identification, enforcement, monetization, and the definition of PDDs as pedestrians under this new state law. A city-led pilot, informed through community input, is the first step toward learning more about PDDs. The pilot will allow us to document our learnings, start to create informed local policies, and advise state regulators of necessary legislative and policy updates to ensure PDDs operate safely while maintaining accessibility in Pennsylvania.
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