Autonomous robotic solutions are making their way into the mainstream at a much faster pace these days. Much of this acceleration of adoption has been spurred by the safety provided by the contactless delivery of essentials. These robots are equipped with necessary object detection, collision avoidance, and mapping technology required for things like contactless delivery of food to those hospital workers who are treating COVID-19 patients. The following article does an excellent job of describing many of the other use cases that these autonomous robotic robotic solutions are now driving.
While autonomous cars and flying taxis are still in the early testing phase, other types of smaller self-driving robotics with navigation capabilities are already being put to work. Solutions such as drones and robots are stepping in to provide automated, contactless transport and perform repetitive tasks in many different markets, including retail and healthcare. And we may be seeing even more of them soon, as Amazon’s new Prime Air drone delivery fleet got the green light in late August from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), opening the door for the company to expand unmanned package delivery.
Autonomous robotic solutions use IoT, cameras, and sensors to assist with several key capabilities, including object detection, collision avoidance, path planning, and simultaneous localization and mapping. The functionality of solutions can range from sterilization and cleaning to routine deliveries, which are becoming increasingly important during the pandemic for safe transport of food, medications, mail, and other essentials.