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‘The Robot Report’ Showcases Role of Autonomous Vehicles During COVID-19
Apr 20, 2020 | By Velodyne Lidar

Autonomous vehicles are stepping up to address mobility and logistics challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

'The Robot Report' feature on Optimus Ride's autonomous vehicles during COVID-19
An Optimus Ride autonomous vehicle at Paradise Valley Estates | Credit: Optimus Ride

Steve Crowe, writing in The Robot Report, noted how self-driving vehicles from Optimus Ride are helping residents of Paradise Valley Estates, a retirement community for people ages 55-plus in Fairfield, Calif. Residents are no longer permitted to gather in the dining hall so Optimus Ride vehicles are bringing meals directly to them. The vehicles are also being used for package delivery.

Using three Velodyne sensors, each Optimus Ride all-electric vehicle can precisely locate the position of people and objects in its surrounding environment, as well as calculate their speed and trajectory. With that information, the vehicle’s on-board computer system determines how to drive to its destination.

Additionally, the city of Boston is exploring how Optimus Ride might provide mobility alternatives for its medical workers fighting COVID-19.

It is exciting to see how self-driving vehicle technology is being called upon to provide valuable support during the COVID-19 crisis.

The read The Robot Repot story, please go to: Optimus Ride pivots role of autonomous vehicles during COVID-19.

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Velodyne provides smart, powerful lidar solutions for autonomy and driver assistance. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., Velodyne is known worldwide for its portfolio of breakthrough lidar sensor technologies. Velodyne’s Founder, David Hall, invented real-time surround view lidar systems in 2005 as part of Velodyne Acoustics. Mr. Hall’s invention revolutionized perception and autonomy for automotive, new mobility, mapping, robotics, and security. Velodyne’s high-performance product line includes a broad range of sensing solutions, including the cost-effective Puck™, the versatile Ultra Puck™, the autonomy-advancing Alpha Prime™, the ADAS-optimized Velarray™ and the groundbreaking software for driver assistance, Vella™.

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