During the COVID-19 outbreak, China has been taking innovative measures in ensuring the safety of its citizens given the severity of the Coronavirus. Shenzhen Unity-Drive Innovation Technology Co., Ltd. (UDI), a leader in the autonomous driving technology, has launched small fleets of self-driving robots to disinfect the streets and deliver groceries and supplies.
For the past two months, in 16 communities in Zibo, Suzhou, and Shenzhen in eastern China, these self-driving vans have provided a lot of support. They have also limited its citizens’ exposure, especially around hospitals where meals were delivered to workers.
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The impressive robot is called the Hercules. It comes equipped with cameras and deep-learning algorithms that guide and enable it to drive itself. It also has LiDars, (Light Detection and Ranging), which is is a surveying method that measures the distance to a target by illuminating the target with laser light and measuring the reflected light with a sensor.
The Hercules fleets have reportedly made 2,500 trips (and counting) combined.