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 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 membership.
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 sidewalk and kerb robots in urban areas.
For municipal members, this means having access to the resources and support needed to implement robot regulations.
For advocacy groups, this means ensuring the needs of your constituents are part of the ISO 4448 standard and future municipal regulations.
For enterprises, this means a smoother and safer deployment of last-mile technology in a shorter timeframe.
Please join us as a member if this work is important to 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 of urban robots as ISO 4448 is being drafted
Ability to collaborate in the development of the ISO 4448 series certification 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 volumes of robots in shared public spaces
Provisions 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 taxis, vans, and autonomous mobile robots by informing a communication infrastructure that enables common machine and fleet conformance.
Since early 2020, many individuals have contributed time and advice to our work by reviewing and advising our work regarding early drafts of the ISO 4448 standard that addresses the activity and governance of robotic vehicles and devices in shared pedestrian spaces.
This activity is now the core work of the Urban Robotics Foundation. Members work at the following municipalities, advocacy groups, universities, planning companies, logistics companies, associations, and robotics companies. They represent their own opinions and not necessarily those of their respective institutions.