IdriverPlus prepares for mass production of robotic wipersSeptember 18, 2020
A Chinese startup that develops autonomous wiper robots, self-driving cars, and autopilot systems has successfully closed a C + funding round worth more than $ 14.6 million. , reports VentureBeat. One robot cleaner can clean 4 square kilometers of streets in just an hour.
WOXIAOBAI autonomous sweepers were designed and produced in a small batch in 2018. Over the past two years, they have traveled to Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai, Germany, USA, Japan and Russia.
However, the peak in popularity of IdriverPlus came during the coronavirus pandemic, when investors paid special attention to the introduction of unmanned technologies. In the early days of isolation in China, the company deployed WOXIAOBAI units near hospitals, parks and universities to help clean up the streets and disinfect premises.
The current generation of WOXIAOBAI AS80 wiper robots comes with LiDAR sensors, cameras and ultrasonic sensors and is capable of simple cleaning, watering and automatic garbage collection on the street. According to the company, one machine is capable of sweeping and collecting trash up to 4 square kilometers in just one hour.
IdriverPlus engineers are developing software for robots and self-driving cars, similar to that used by the WeRide, AutoX and DiDi Chuxing robotic taxi services. At the heart of the platform is a vehicle or robot control unit with ultrasonic sensors, gauges, GPS and anti-collision sensors. The hardware consists of a programmable gate array processor and Xing Ji’s own microcontroller. The latter “sees” objects at a distance of up to 100 meters using a lidar and up to 200 meters using a radar. IdriverPlus says the Xing Ju is already installed in hundreds of vehicles around the world and is working great.
IdriverPlus isn’t the only company looking to automate simple workflows. The Chinese startup is followed by Pudu Technology, which supplies robotic assistants to 2,000 hotels, restaurants and hospitals around the world, and Locus Robotics and Attabotics, which are gradually replacing warehouse workers in the United States and Canada.
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