The Urban Robotics Foundation provides educational, research, workshop, standard-making, and networking benefits to municipal planners and decision-makers, vulnerable user advocacy groups, and commercial members such as logistics operators, roboticists, and urban planners.
We are a Canadian Not-for-profit Foundation supported by membership fees, sponsorships, and grants. Our membership is International, our work on the draft technical standard ISO 4440 is executed on behalf of our members to the formal standards of the ISO and when complete will be available in the public domain from the ISO. The URF holds no copyright in any ISO standard. The URF receives no remuneration from the ISO. Our work is entirely and only beneficial to our stakeholders and reflected in our regular stakeholder meetings.
WHY BECOME A MEMBER
By becoming a member of the Urban Robotics Foundation, you will be able to support and participate in the safe and equitable implementation of public mobile robots (sidewalk robots) as well as robotaxis, shuttles, and goods vehicles loading and unloading in public, pedestrianized spaces.
Municipal members access the resources and support needed to determine regulation and governance.
Advocacy groups ensure the needs of constituents are addressed within the international standards and hence future municipal regulations.
Commercial enterprises realize a smoother and safer deployment of last-mile technologies in a shorter timeframe.
Consider becoming a member and tap into this important work for your city, advocacy, institution, or enterprise.
Services for municipal members include:
Education regarding the regulation of robotic fleets in public spaces
Access to webinars, events, research, and research materials
Direct input into the parameters and procedures for public mobile robots (sidewalk robots) as international standards are being drafted
Ability to collaborate in the development of the ISO 4448 series certification and audit guidelines
FOR ADVOCACY GROUPS
Services for vulnerable user advocacy members include:
Support for the language and procedures to enable cities to constrain the times, places, speeds, pathways, and traffic volumes of robots in shared public spaces
Provision of the metrics and procedures required to specify PUDO zones and wider sidewalks in those places where they may be currently inadequate to serve both accessibility and commercial needs.
Services for commercial members include:
Support for operators of passenger, logistic, and other service fleets by informing a governance and communication infrastructure that makes concurrent access to public infrastructure both feasible and safe
Support for makers of robotic vehicles (robotaxis, shuttles, goods vehicles) and public mobile robots (PMRs) by informing a communication infrastructure that enables common machine and fleet conformance.
Our stakeholders are members from municipalities, accessibility associations, and universities, as well as municipal and commercial sponsors including traffic and urban planners, robot manufacturers and logistics companies. Please join us in appreciating our sponsors as they make this work possible.
We are also grateful to the many individual stakeholders who have contributed their time and advice to our work since 2020. They have reviewed and advised drafts of the ISO 4448 draft technical standard that address the activity and governance of public mobile robots operating in shared pedestrian spaces. This is the core work of the Urban Robotics Foundation, 2020-2025.
Our stakeholders work at advocnies, robotics companies, traffic systems companies, and universities. They represent their own opinions and not necessarily those of their respective institutions. To respect the privacy of the individuals involved we name only the institutions at which they work.
Please let us know if the name of your institution is missing or should be removed.