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Legislative committees to vote on robot delivery bill

The Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison is seen, Feb. 22, 2016. (WLUK/Andrew LaCombe)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Legislative committees are set to vote on a bill that would allow delivery robots to roll down Wisconsin's sidewalks.

The Assembly and Senate's technology committees both plan to vote on the measure Wednesday. Approval would clear the way for floor votes in the full Assembly and Senate.

The Republican proposal would limit the robots to operating only on sidewalks and in crosswalks, impose an 80-pound weight limit on the machines, set a 10 mph speed limit and require humans to control or monitor the machines.

Starship Technologies has been manufacturing the robots as an option for food takeout and grocery delivery. They're programmed to stop if something is directly in front of them.

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