A total of seven types of automatic environmental sanitation vehicles were unveiled in Beijing on September 28, 2018, and they will be put into use in Beijing afterapproval, Xinhuanet reported.
The vehicles were launched by Beijing Environmental Sanitation Equipment Company (BEE) and Baidu Apollo.
The functions of the seven vehicles include absorbing and sweeping, floor washing, rubbish collection and transfer, covering the entire procedure of traditional cleaning work, BEE said.
Among the seven vehicles, four will serve to work outdoors, like in square, parks, industrial parks, blocks and residential subdistricts.
The others will work indoors, such as in shopping mall, high-speed railway stations and airports, and various venues and exhibition halls.
The automatic environmental sanitation vehicles have “eyes” and “brain” and integrate artificial intelligence, machines vision, image recognition, precise localization and other technologies.
Their“eyes” or sensors, were mounted on the roof and other part of the body of the vehicle and they can perceive surrounding objects in 360 degrees.
Based on environment information of real time sensing, with a high precision map, their “brain”, the algorithm control technology of deep learning, can formulate an optimal route plan and complete tasks such as road cleaning, garbage clearance and transfer, said Xue Zhendong, deputy general manager of BEE.
It is learnt the operation of automatic environmental sanitation vehicleswill make the traditional environmental sanitation work greener, safer, more efficient and convenient.
Xue said, taking an automatic sweeping vehicle for instance, it can sweep on average 25,000 square meters’ road areaper hour, which is about the workload of 10 to 20 sanitation workers.
In addition, without the traditional cockpit, the automatic environmental sanitation vehicles featuring “small figurehigh capacity” are able to enter the back street and small alleys where the traditional environmental sanitation machinery can’t reach.