Delivery robot out of service, how people get by without broadband: Ann Arbor headlines Oct. 16-21
ANN ARBOR, MI – A robotic delivery service that roamed the streets of Ann Arbor for the last year will no longer be bringing people tasty goods. Robotic delivery service pulls commercial fleet from Ann Arbor streetsAn Ann Arbor “last mile” technology company has pulled its commercial operations out of the city due to an expansion in Texas. Gibbings, 42, is accused of breaking into six downtown Ann Arbor businesses in a two-block area, smashing his way into each business and stealing cash after breaking open cash registers, according to the Ann Arbor Police Department. Ann Arbor School Board member removed from committees for social media useAnn Arbor School Board member Jeff Gaynor has been removed from his committee duties for the remainder of the year. Ann Arbor OKs plan to cut down hundreds of trees for 57-home luxury subdivisionCity officials have OK’d plans for national homebuilder Toll Brothers to cut down hundreds of landmark trees and develop a 57-home luxury subdivision in a wooded area in northeast Ann Arbor.mlive.com
Robotic delivery service pulls commercial fleet from Ann Arbor streets
ANN ARBOR, MI -- An Ann Arbor “last mile” technology company has pulled its commercial operations out of the city due to an expansion in Texas. Refraction AI, a robotic delivery service, announced to its employees earlier this month that it would be shutting down commercial operations in Ann Arbor but would be keeping design operations in the city, a spokesperson confirmed Friday, Oct. 15.mlive.com
U-M’s first COVID patient reflects; Howard Big Ten Coach of the Year; Summer Fest 2021 plans
Here in Ann Arbor, Michigan Medicine began treating patients right as cases were detected. (A4)Ad🎙 Ann Arbor Summer Festival announced it will not be holding Top of the Park or indoor performances again this year due to the ongoing pandemic. (MLive)Ad🚴 The city of Ann Arbor is seeking public input on its 2021 Healthy Streets program. (A4)Good to know:🥳️ Attention parents: You can now book playtimes for your pod at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. AdAll About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.
Self-driving robot delivery startup raises $4.2 million to expand in Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR, MI -- Ann Arbor-based delivery robot developer Refraction AI has raised $4.2 million in seed funding. The company in 2019 created the REV-1 robot, a lightweight, self-driving robot that delivers food and groceries to Ann Arbor residents. Autonomous food delivery service created by Ann Arbor companyRefraction AI’s robot fleet grew from eight in summer 2020 to a current fleet of 25, spokeswoman Kira Cooper said in an email. The company aims to solve that “last-mile delivery,” charging restaurants less than other food delivery companies. Robots delivering four times as many food orders in Ann Arbor during coronavirus crisis“It’s based on a bike frame and it meets the classifications for an e-bike.mlive.com
Mobility veteran joins Ann Arbor’s Refraction AI as new CEO
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Mobility industry veteran Luke Schneider has been named as the new chief executive officer of Ann Arbor-based Refraction AI. Schneider has had over 25 years of experience in the mobility and transportation industries, including executive positions Zipcar, wejo, Flexcar and Silvercar. As CEO, Texas-based Schneider will work on Refraction AI’s expansion plan while cementing the startup’s involvement with contactless delivery. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Refraction AI has received a four-fold increase in delivery orders from its partnering Ann Arbor eateries and has begun to scaleup its fleet of autonomous vehicle robots. In June it began using its robots to help deliver groceries through a partnership with the Produce Station.
Refraction AI launches contactless robot grocery delivery in Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Refraction AI has partnered with the Produce Station in Ann Arbor to offer contactless grocery delivery with its autonomous robot. The REV-1 robot, which hit the streets of Ann Arbor in December 2019, has been delivering meals from partnering restaurants. Our expansion into grocery delivery was a no-brainer during this time when the need for contactless delivery is so strong, said Matthew Johnson-Roberson, co-founder and CEO of Refraction AI in a statement. According to the robotics startup, the REV-1 delivery robot is able to hold about six paper bags of groceries at a time. Related: WATCH: Ann Arbor food delivery robots busier than ever during COVID-19 pandemic