- Driverless cars and delivery robots could become helpful as the coronavirus continues to spread
- Aside from providing essential transport services, they could help minimise the rate of spread of the coronavirus
- Research shows that many people are still hesitant about using driverless cars
The latest trends in business and commerce have shown a growing reliance on delivery robots and autonomous vehicles.
As the coronavirus continues to affect people on a daily basis, there is a growing belief that increased reliance on driverless vehicles for pickup, transportation of goods and other services could be the way to go.
Companies such as Alphabet’s Waymo and KiwiBot have adopted a system of constant disinfection of autonomous vehicles.
Briefly.co.za has learned that self-driving cars and delivery robots could help minimise the risk of spreading the coronavirus.
As per a report by venturebeat.com, this is possible because such options help make social distancing possible.
Research has proven that delivery robots are capable of carrying groceries as well as other essentials but are not designed to transport human occupants.
In that respect, regulators have indicated an interest in creating exemptions for them.
Driverless cars and robots nonetheless face challenges with regard to public perception.
Research shows that over 60% of respondents to a survey were hesitant about riding in self-driving cars and about 70% expressed fears about sharing roads with them.
In other news, Uber has announced a suspension of its shared-ride services and waived delivery fees on its Uber Eats service in some selected countries.
In a statement released on Tuesday, 17 March, the ride-hailing company stated that the idea was to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
According to the vice-president of Uber Rides and Platform, Andrew Macdonald, the company intends to “flatten the curve on community spread in the cities we serve”.
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