Chinese autonomous vehicle developer WeRide will begin testing autonomous street sweepers in May 2022. This will involve the deployment of a fleet of more than 50 driverless street sweepers – so-called ‘Robosweepers’ – in the Nanshan district of China’s megacity Guangzhou, which can sweep the street, spray water and disinfect.
The design of the all-electric vehicles is also new. There is no driver’s cab, no steering wheel and no pedals in the vehicle itself. The fleet is coordinated centrally by cloud-based AI. The vehicles can also autonomously refill water, dispose of waste, park and recharge without intervention from human operators. The vehicles will be used day and night.
This article was also posted in German.