Autonomous Vehicles Now Delivering Food Using Bike Lanes

. August 31, 2019.
The REV-1

by Grace Jensen

The REV-1, an innovative electric autonomous vehicle designed to act more like a bicycle than a car, is already delivering for two Ann Arbor restaurants.

Designed and built by startup Refraction AI (founded by University of Michigan professors Matthew Johnson-Roberson and Ram Vasudevan), the REV-1 is different from other autonomous delivery vehicles because of its small size and slow speeds. At four feet tall, 32 inches wide, and about 80 pounds, the REV-1 can operate in both bike and car lanes, carrying 16 cubic feet of cargo, about four grocery bags, at a time. A maximum speed of 15 mph means it can come to a full stop in five feet, reducing safety concerns as well as the need for expensive sensors.

Currently, the estimated cost for each robot is around $5,000, but that price could lower as the design is finalized. Refraction is planning to start service to the general public in the coming months.

For more information, visit refraction.ai

Trending

Same Eyes Generate Effervescent Synth Pop to Brighten Up the Darker Days

Looking for a little synth pop to brighten your day? Check out local Ann Arbor duo, Same Eyes, for some great music encouragement to brighten the mood.

Smile High Features Antwaun Stanley in their Song, ‘Special’

Ann Arbor musician Antwaun Stanley has partnered with Ben Silverstein in their newest single, ‘Special’. Check out this awesome song and their upcoming EP!

Kevin McAllister is a Jerk: Change my Mind

Home Alone is a holiday classic, but that doesn’t mean Kevin McAllister isn’t a jerk. But how is a movie about a jerk kid the center of a holiday classic?

Writer’s Pick 2020: Best Local Songs

Music has been one of the greatest escapes for the community this year. Here are some of the best local songs that came out, regardless of the pandemic!