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Latta Shows Contactless Deliveries at Work in Ohio


Washington, DC – As Americans follow public health recommendations and social distancing guidelines during COVID-19, unmanned vehicles have presented even more benefits for consumers as they safely deliver medical supplies, food, and other supplies. Communications and Technology Subcommittee Republican Leader Bob Latta (R-OH), who recently introduced the Advancing Unmanned Delivery Service Act, saw deliveries being made contact-free at Bowling Green State University. Learn more in a news segment from WTOL 11 Toledo and in articles in the Sentinel-Tribune and BG Independent.

WTOL 11 Toledo


Delivery robots at BGSU inspire congressman

By Roger LaPointe

May 27, 2020

While receiving a cup of coffee from a Starship Technologies delivery robot at Bowling Green State University, U.S. Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green, introduced his new bill, the Advancing Unmanned Delivery Services Act.

“The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the importance of delivering goods Americans rely on directly to their homes as safely and efficiently as possible. Unmanned delivery services, including drones, robots, and autonomous vehicles, unleash the potential to ensure Americans can access necessities from the comfort of their living rooms, whenever they need them,” said Latta.

“These smart devices offer unique opportunities to make it easier for senior citizens, people with disabilities, people who live in remote areas, or people who cannot leave their homes to get food and medications. Analyzing the potential of unmanned delivery services and identifying regulatory obstacles will facilitate the safe incorporation of these devices into our everyday lives, and ensure the United States remains a global leader in innovation.”

There are currently 30 of the six-wheeled little delivery robots in use at BGSU. The delivery robot program was introduced at the university about two weeks before the coronavirus mandates that required the university to switch to entirely online courses.

In that time, the program increased from 160 deliveries on the first day, to 1,000 deliveries, with 48 robots on campus. It became the leading robot delivery program in the country.

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BG Independent

Latta says he’s working to deliver the goods in Congress for new technologies

By David Dupont

May 26, 2020

U.S. Rep. Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) has been working on legislation promoting self-driving vehicles of various kinds. On Tuesday, he was in Bowling Green to view a local iteration of the technology, the Starship delivery robots at Bowling Green State University.

Now he’s co-sponsored Advancing Unmanned Delivery Services Act, the new bill “tasks the Secretary of Commerce to examine unmanned delivery services, their impact on United States businesses conducting interstate commerce, and identify potential regulatory roadblocks to the use of their services.”

During his visit to BGSU, Latta said that it was important to take a national approach to regulations.  “We can’t have 50 states and the District of Columba coming up with own regulations.”.

He said and others on the House Energy and Commerce Committee take a long view, five to 10 years in the future, so entrepreneurs and innovators have guidance. “It’s looking out there and seeing how we can advance things.”

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