NAVYA drones help in the fight against coronavirusApril 7, 2020
The Mayo Clinic in Florida uses autonomous vehicles to transport COVID-19 tests.
NAVYA electric vehicles have already been tested in Florida, and now they have been redirected to transfer coronavirus samples for the Mayo Clinic there.
Four shuttles ply the loop between the public test site and the laboratory, a route separate from pedestrians and vehicles and created in collaboration with the Transit Office in Jacksonville. Since they do not need a driver, vehicles offer an easy way to increase your distance.
At the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, four NAVYA self-propelled shuttles are used to transport medical equipment and COVID-19 tests from the test site to the nearest laboratory.
Clinic officials say this is the first time that autonomous vehicles are used for such tasks in the United States, and this is happening at a time when the need to minimize potential contact between people is a major aspect.
Jane Huta, Director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at Mayo Clinic, noted that using autonomous vehicles for transporting samples is an “absolutely brilliant” idea and it is an ideal test bench for a vehicle, as there is an established transit route, slight supporting traffic, and our samples can be safely transported in a controlled environment, eliminating the risk to the driver. ”
Recall that NAVYA is a French company that manufactures vehicles such as shuttle buses equipped with lidar, radar and video cameras that can accommodate up to 15 passengers in non-pandemic conditions. They were first deployed to the United States in places such as Las Vegas and Ann Arbor, Michigan, on an experimental basis back in 2017.
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