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Posted on April 28, 2020 by  & 

Delivery Robots Move Medical Supplies in COVID-19 Response

Around the globe, COVID-19 has taken a tragic toll. For those of us who have been lucky enough to remain healthy, the pandemic is causing us to live more isolated lives than we could have previously imagined. Most of us are staying home and venturing out only when necessary.
Doctors, nurses, grocery store employees, and first responders are risking their lives every day to keep everyone safe and to keep society functioning. Nuro's mission is to accelerate the benefits of robotics for everyday life and to make a contribution to the world through this technology, and the team is using Nuro's R2 unmanned vehicles to provide truly contactless delivery of goods. For further information see the IDTechEx report on Mobile Robots, Autonomous Vehicles, and Drones in Logistics, Warehousing, and Delivery 2020-2040.
In California, the Governor's office — along with various state agencies — has mobilized to convert a number of facilities into temporary hospitals to treat those suffering from COVID-19. Over the past few weeks, they've worked to convert the Sleep Train Arena (STA), a former NBA arena and previously home of the Sacramento Kings, into one of these alternative care facilities to house up to 400 COVID-19 patients. Beginning this week, Nuro'sr unmanned R2 vehicles start service at STA, doing contactless delivery of medical supplies.
Similarly, San Mateo County recently converted its Event Center into a multi-purpose facility to assist with COVID-19 response, creating a testing facility, alternative housing site, and field hospital. This week Nuro is deploying R2 vehicles at this site, to transport food, water, and other supplies.
Through providing a contactless delivery solution with R2 in Sacramento and in San Mateo, healthcare workers have the supplies they need at hand, saving them time while also helping foster the safety and health of both patients and staff.
Source and images: Nuro
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