April 3, 2017:
Last Mile Delivery Goes to Robotic Mules
“However, it is still unknown if consumers will prefer to leave their
doors and walk to the curb to pick up a pizza, especially if it is
raining. This proposition would mean a downgrade of the current level of service. A backlash could mean that customers would seek out full-service delivery options, leaving brands that opt for curbside drones behind.
Hurdler Motors of Boston is building a true door-to-door delivery
solution using an innovative stair climbing design. According to CEO,
Michael Goren, “we’re working on last-mile delivery vehicles and
single-passenger autonomous indoor/outdoor robotic vehicles. We’re
looking at eliminating the accessibility problems of the central city
and human-scale assistance.” Hurdler has yet to release publicly its
March 6, 2017:
Hurdler Motors, Inc. Announces that it has been Selected to Make a Presentation about its Hurdler™ Portable Robotic Personal Transportation Vehicle to Autotech Council
Hurdler Motors is pleased to announce that it has been invited to introduce the Hurdler™ urban mobility and access
robotic vehicle to members of the Autotech Council. Hurdler is a lightweight 3D-maneuverable and all-direction
steering vehicle that will make moving around indoors and outdoors in cities easy and will compact to eliminate
parking. The Hurdler™ vehicle is being developed for a single passenger and also for on-demand last mile delivery
through-the-door to the actual destination. It will provide personal portability to access the significant indoor
and outdoor spaces of cities that are not accessible to conventional motor vehicles.
Driving and parking in large cities is not a great experience. Most of
the time people in automobiles and urban transit are not moving faster than walking speed and it is
expensive to park or take taxicabs. Automobiles, vans, SUVs and motorcycles are designed to keep their
wheels on the ground and constrained to driving on streets. Transportation is a major problem in urban
environments, not only because of clogged streets and scarce parking, but also because of ubiquitous
infrastructural, architectural, natural and temporary obstacles and vertical multilevel spaces. With the
growth of electric vehicles, charging both on-street and in parking lots is a growing concern.
Hurdler™ is being developed to move more people around cities more easily and conveniently, and then compact
to a length that is shorter than a bicycle to stow and charge anywhere there is an outlet. The narrow-track
lightweight vehicle will feature 3D-maneuverability
to climb stairs with a person or cargo onboard, self-board trucks,
trains and airplanes and pass over urban obstacles that are barriers
to other vehicles. It will also zip through traffic, navigate pedestrian areas, and let people and
deliveries ride through the door, street-to-suite™. The Hurdler™ portable personal transportation robotic
vehicle will also integrate seamlessly with intermodal/intercity travel.
February 17, 2017:
Robotics Business Review
Hurdler Motors Inc.
Hurdler Motors was among the first Boston startups to set up shop in the new space, according to President Michael
“We’re working on last-mile delivery vehicles and single-passenger autonomous indoor/outdoor robotic vehicles,” he
said. “We’re looking at eliminating the accessibility problems of the central city and human-scale assistance.”
Goren described the Climbmobile as a legged robot that can provide greater mobility than a wheelchair and can
actually carry a person up a flight of stairs.
February 16, 2017:
Initial residents at MassRobotics “alpha” space include...urban mobility startup Hurdler Motors...
January 19, 2017:
Hurdler Motors is pleased to announce that it has joined MassRobotics as a resident startup. MassRobotics is the
innovation hub for robotics startup companies, located in the heart of Boston’s Seaport Innovation District.
November 7, 2015:
Hurdler Motors, Inc. Announces that the early first working prototype of the robotic transporter successfully
performed the tasks for which it was designed.
There was great excitement when the early prototype based upon the inventions and intellectual property of the
founders was completed , presented, tested and successfully performed the tasks for which it was built while its
operation was controlled using a laptop.
Pointedly, the first object to ever hitch a ride during the testing of the early full-scale working prototype was a
We are grateful to our friends at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo for building the first working prototype.