These heart-eyed delivery robots are being taken off the streets of Toronto

If you’ve been strolling the streets of Toronto in recent months, you may have seen little pink robots with heart eyes going about their business and heading to their destination.

Developed by a company called Tiny Mile, the pink machines are actually food delivery robots that are temporarily taken off the road due to the fact that they can be dangerous for people with vision and mobility problems.

These robots help small businesses save money on delivery costs by delivering meals through Uber Eats within a mile of the restaurant.

Tiny Mile is taking robots off the streets to cooperate with authorities, including the Infrastructure and Environment Committee and the Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee, which recently voted to ban all non-muscle-actuated devices on sidewalks and bike lanes.

“We agree with the city that the health and safety of people with disabilities should be the top priority for councilors and our company,” the Tiny Mile Instagram post reads. “Tiny Mile’s mission is to create a more livable city for all Toronto residents. Whether it’s providing a service to improve the lives of people with disabilities or reducing emissions from the delivery services industry, we believe our technology has a role to play in the Toronto of tomorrow. ”

The Council will examine the proposal on December 15 and decide the fate of these robots and their future operation. If a ban goes into effect, anyone found to be operating these robots can face a flat fine of $ 150.

For now, Tiny Mile will stop public use of its robots. The company also said on its Instagram that it will seek input from the public and people with disabilities to see if the robots can be improved in any way.

Image Credit: TinyMile

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