Advanced Auto Technologies and AI Are Being Used to Help Battle COVID-19 in California
In the time of COVID-19, it is truly all hands on deck to find the best way to prevent the disease from spreading and to battle it if it does. At Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas, we see the automotive industry lending some of its technology to help first responders and citizens throughout California. Curious to know more about these technologies? Keep reading.
Kiwibot Robots Deliver Masks and More
Kiwibots, which have been most well known as robots that deliver food in Berkeley and Denver, are now being used to deliver masks, gels, and other hygiene products that can be used to prevent the spread of the disease.
Pony.ai is Being Used to Deliver Groceries and Packages in Irvine and Meals to Emergency Shelters in Fremont
Pony.ai is using their ten automated SUVs to deliver groceries, packages, and other items in Irvine. Earlier, the company suspended automated vehicle operation with passengers due to the pandemic. The vehicles can carry as many as twenty orders at a time, with up to 100 orders total in a single day. The vehicles have safety operators who unload orders and leave them at the customers’ doorstep.
The company has additionally worked with city officials in Fremont to distribute meals to emergency shelter programs.
Cruise Self-Driving Vehicles Have been Put to Work in San Francisco
General Motors owns Cruise, a company that is using some of its self-driving electric vehicles (each of which is staffed by two safety drivers) to help local partners like the San Francisco New Deal and San Francisco Marin Food Bank. The vehicles are being used to deliver food in the city in a contact-free, door to door situation.
Kodiak Robotics is Working to Help Meet Demand for Essential Products
The California self-driving truck company, Kodiak Robotics, is working to increase the number of commercial loads it can safely handle in order to meet the demand for critical products and goods. This is in a phase-in process that has begun but is not completed yet.
Nuro is Providing Free Contact to Health Care Facilities
Nuro, another company out of San Francisco, has launched two initiatives with its automated vehicles. First, it is offering contactless delivery to health care facilities, including medical supplies. In San Mateo, the vehicles are transporting food, water, and supplies to facilities created to help with the health crisis.
At Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas, it is our job to hold at-fault party’s accountable for car accidents, truck accidents, and other vehicle accidents. In these difficult times, it is good to see companies helping out where they can. If you have been the victim of an accident and need an attorney to help you, contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation.