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San Francisco Business Times Looks at How Robots Can Help in Crisis Situations
Mar 19, 2020 | By Velodyne Lidar
An Idriverplus street sweeper disinfecting streets in China, using Velodyne lidar. This is an example of an autonomous vehicle assisting with the COVID-19 crisis in China.

The COVID-19 crisis has increased awareness in how robots can play important roles in delivering vital services and avoid placing people in harm’s way.

Dawn Kawamoto wrote a story in the San Francisco Business Times about how “three Bay Area companies expect demand for robots will increase in the future as a result of the pandemic virus.”

The story noted how two Velodyne customers have lidar-powered autonomous robots that are providing services in response to the COVID-19 crisis in China. 

The article quotes Velodyne CEO Anand Gopalan saying:

“Broadly speaking, there are applications that are not safe enough for humans to be doing as a result of the virus, but can be augmented by robots. I believe the social acceptance of robots will be faster as people see how they help humanity and our society in these challenging times.”

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