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smart cities

The challenge

If you work for a city, facility, consultancy or accessibility group that is exploring use-cases for public-area mobile robots — you may struggle to find the most relevant and credible information to help you investigate the issues and plan a response.

Join URF and be ready

As an international subject matter expert, URF helps you anticipate how the technology, deployment and regulation of public-area mobile robots (PMRs) will impact bystanders, pedestrians and residents.

As the initiator and project leader for the drafting of ISO 4448, the international standards for PMRs, URF invites you to preview, debate, and shape how PMRs should — or could — be integrated into urban spaces.

The right questions

The right resources

Anticipate the impact of PMRs

Get access to the best information to guide investigation and decision-making

  • Benefit from strategic conversations tailored to needs of member organizations

  • Engage in Strategic Roundtables to network and problem solve with other expert stakeholders

  • Monitor global news and commentary about PMR deployment in exclusive newsletters

  • Access member-only workshops, webinars and online resource library.

Shape international standards

View, debate and contribute to the draft ISO standards for PMRs

  • Attend members roundtables (Zoom) to connect with other members and share ideas

  • And/or download ISO 4448 working drafts and submit comments via email

Members will also get priority access to our Executive, Discovery and Project Guides. These publications are being published by URF in 2024 to provide a practical bridge between the ISO 4448 standards and the challenges of deploying this new technology safely.


Membership Types

municipal planners


URF helps you ensure that your initial conversations about PMRs are focused on the right topics, in the right order. This is a critical first step in kicking off a more detailed investigation that would inform your decision on when, where and how to permit PMRs and for what purpose. 

Cities w/population <1M = US$1K/year
Population 1M to 4M = US$3K/year
Population >4M = US$5K/year

Public facilities like airports, hospitals, shopping malls, hotels and zoos can join for USD$1,000/year.

accessibility advocates


URF helps you focus on the PMR standards most critical to safety & accessibility issues for pedestrians and also the opportunities for overdue improvements to infrastructure. 

Membership is free to non-profit accessibility organizations. 

urban and traffic planners


URF offers you an in-depth view of evolving standards, an advantage when marketing your firm to cities on the cusp of preparing RFPs and responding to proposals.

Commercial membership starts at US$5,000/year.

technology planning


URF helps you ensure the design and operation of your device/system/fleet can accommodate city requirements in a cost-efficient way. We also help you maximize the likelihood of approval for municipal deployment.

Start-ups can join for US$1,000
Commercial membership starts at 
US$5,000 ($25,000/year for global/multinational enterprises - by wire transfer only)

Robot manufacturers
University researchers


Whether you are an academic or a journalist, We help you stay informed in order to fuel any research or reporting on the systems, deployment and impact of PMRs.

Researcher memberships:
Individual US$500/year

Department US$2500/year
University/College US$5000/year

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