China deploys self-driving cars to deliver foods; disinfect places in the streets

China deploys self-driving cars to deliver foods; disinfect places in the streets

- China has deployed self-driving vans across streets to make food deliveries and disinfect places

- The vans, called Hercules, can carry 1,000kg of load and drive safely with them

- With the use of a deep-learning algorithm, Hercules can make simple and effect deliveries

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As a way to reduce the spread of coronavirus, China, according to Mashable, is using self-driving vans called Hercules to deliver foods and disinfect streets.

In a Tweet shared by Mashable on Saturday, June 20, it said that the vans have been doing the delivery and sanitization works for the past two months in 16 communities in Zibo, the eastern part of China.

Hercules makes use of lidars, cameras, and complex algorithms to get itself from one place to the other. It has the capacity to carry a cargo of up to 1,000 kilograms in its compartment.

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The developer of the vehicle, UDI, has also been engaging a small fleet of the vans in other places like Suzhow and Shenzhen.

A collage showing the self-driving van. Photo source: Spectrum
A collage showing the self-driving van. Photo source: Spectrum
Source: UGC

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They are especially used to deliver meal boxes to workers and disinfect areas near hospitals. It should be noted that all the self-autonomous vehicles have made 2,500 trips.

Watch the video of the van below:

It was earlier reported that the country restored lockdown in some parts of Beijing as well as travel restrictions in the wake of a new surge of coronavirus cases as people fear the beginning of a new wave.

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On Tuesday, June 16, an unnamed city official said that the present Covid-19 cases in Beijing are “extremely severe”.

It should be noted that China heavily brought coronavirus under control as it carried out massive testing earlier in the year.

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The country is now faced with the dilemma of combatting the new virus or keeping its economy open. The media noted that countries like New Zealand are in the same situation.

The new cases in Beijing have risen to 106 as authorities put more than 30 communities in the city on lockdown. Officials said the new outbreak is linked to a very popular food wholesale market called Xinfadi.

With the new development, testing has been increased to 90,000 per day. A virologist at Wuhan University, Yang Zhanqiu, said the new virus could be more infectious.

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