In the not too distant future, some of your home delivery orders may arrive in autonomous robots. As the popularity of these types of vehicles grows, some companies prepare to provide better safety for pedestrians.
Nuro, a startup founded in 2016 by two former engineers from Google’s autonomous car project, think it is a good idea to include an external airbag in its next-generation autonomous robots. This feature would help reduce, according to them, the impact on pedestrians in the event of a collision.
Thinking about pedestrian safety
Although his name is not as well known in the sector, Nuro has already launched its first two models, including R2, which is used by Domino’s Pizza for delivery in Houston. For their third generation proposal they have wanted to focus on pedestrian safety with a fairly innovative idea.
As you can see in the images, the new Nuro robot will arrive with a frontal airbag. The look of this feature honestly doesn’t go unnoticed as it looks like an inflated mattress strapped to the front of the robot. Nevertheless, the firm trusts its usefulness.
“It is optimized to reduce the force of impact and the number of injuries in the event of a collision“, Nuro’s team points out in a blog post, although unfortunately they do not provide more details about its operation.
Bearing in mind that Nuro’s vehicle can reach a maximum speed of 72 km / h, pedestrian safety measures are very well received. The model will have a network of sensors that work together to provide a 360º view of the environment in which it is located.
The firm ensures that the robot can perceive “from the difference between a pile of leaves and a pet to how many pedestrians are standing at a crosswalk in heavy fog“It is understood that these sensors would be able to identify the moment when the airbag should be activated.
As for the other features, the company claims that this model it will be 20% smaller in width than average cars. It will also be prepared to operate in conjunction with other motorized vehicles and in “various weather conditions throughout the year.”
Nuro says his new delivery vehicle your new Nevada plant will be produced. However, the facilities are still under construction but are expected to be fully operational later this year.
Images | Nuro
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