Postmates gets permit to test robot delivery on San Francisco sidewalks

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Robots are about to return to San Francisco streets. TechCrunch reports Postmates just got a permit to test robot delivery on city sidewalks.

Postmates unveiled its delivery robot, called Serve back in December. It can carry 50 pounds up to 25 miles and has a human "pilot" remotely monitoring its work.

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Delivery robots were banned from San Francisco streets in 2018 when city supervisors approved regulations requiring permits to operate.

Postmates is the first company to get one of those permits.

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