Roxo, FedEx’s autonomous same-day delivery bot, hit the streets of NYC this week, to a brutally cold reception from New York City officials.
Though the company told TechCrunch that the bots were there for a preview party for its Small Business Saturday event and are not testing in New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio and transportation officials delivered a sharp response to FedEx via Twitter: Get these robots off the street.
First of all, @FedEx, never get a robot to do a New Yorker’s job. We have the finest workers in the world. Second of all, we didn’t grant permission for these to clog up our streets. If we see ANY of these bots we’ll send them packing. https://t.co/XxJIrIW9vr
“You are hereby directed to immediately cease and desist operating your SameDay Bots on the streets and sidewalks in the City of New York,” reads the letter, signed by DOT Deputy General Counsel Susan Pondish. “Failure to do so may result in the seizure of property, notices of violation and/or the commencement of legal actions.
Wall-E out here flexing all over FedEx delivery drivers #whatisnewyork https://t.co/TOevthTUJQ
And Reddit user HeidiWearsGlasses shared a video of a spinning FedEx bot in SoHo.
86 votes and 58 comments so far on Reddit
In case you missed it, here’s the official video release from FedEx introducing the SameDay Bot.
How do you feel about delivery robots?
Join our conversation on Facebook and let us know what you think.
Like what you read? Check out more from my WorkingNation blog, The Looming Robot.