- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idahoans could soon start sharing sidewalks with robots the size of a beer cooler carrying takeout, groceries and packages.

An Idaho House panel advanced legislation Tuesday that would create regulations for delivery-making robots. Officials with European company Starship Technologies say they want to revolutionize the way people get parcels.

Company representatives showed off the robot to lawmakers and spectators while visiting the Capitol. They say the bill would clarify gray areas in current law about the legality of the robots.

Similar legislation has also been introduced in Virginia this year. If approved, Idaho would become one of the first states to regulate such devices in the U.S.

The bill must now pass the House floor.

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