Being used by Mayo Clinic, these vehicles run full autonomous without attendants moving COVID-19 tests from test sites to the clinic
Navya along with ride-sharing platform Beep has shown the exceptional importance of completely autonomous mobility at least for medical transport. Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), Beep and Navya have combined forces to move COVID-19 samples from drive-thru test sites to the lab at Mayo Clinic in Florida. This is the result of a three year combined learning of all these partners testing autonomous infrastructures for an enhanced and safer response. This little Autonom Shuttle is fully electric and is equipped with an array of multi-sensors. Technically these can seat 11 passengers but are being currently used to transport samples and medical equipment. The battery pack is able to give 9 hours of autonomous use with an 8-hour charging window.
The idea is to combine cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence software with multi-sensors to deliver with minimum human intervention. This results in increased safety for medical staff and frees up more time for humans to care for others. The traversal routes of these shuttles are completely isolated from pedestrians and medical staff. And Beep technicians keep a close eye on their operation from a mobile command center. Autonom has a setup of two 360 degree lidars, six 180 degree lidars, and front/rear cameras. The body is made of polyester making it lightweight thus increasing range and service life. This innovative idea of converting them into COVID-19 crisis support brings in a lot of technical data for further study. Just used by Mayo Clinic right now, more institutes could look at working towards autonomous mobility use stretching its use beyond personal use to medical or more specialized use.