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.”
To read the complete San Francisco Business Times story:
Velodyne Lidar (Nasdaq: VLDR, VLDRW) ushered in a new era of autonomous technology with the invention of real-time surround view lidar sensors. Velodyne, a global leader in lidar, is known for its broad portfolio of breakthrough lidar technologies. Velodyne’s revolutionary sensor and software solutions provide flexibility, quality and performance to meet the needs of a wide range of industries, including robotics, industrial, intelligent infrastructure, autonomous vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). Through continuous innovation, Velodyne strives to transform lives and communities by advancing safer mobility for all.