Several white robots were seen delivering food at a Shenzhen Bay science and technology park in Nanshan District, Shenzhen Special Zone Daily reported.
These robots are one of many tools adopted by the park operator to avoid queues for lunch so as to ensure safety amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-2019) outbreak.
These robots were developed by Candela (Shenzhen) Technology Innovation Co. Ltd.
A group of small distribution robots (called Candles) is responsible for the food delivery inside office buildings while a larger variety (called Sunnys) is in charge of transporting the meals between buildings outdoors.
Candle robots can interact with gate machines and elevators and will not hinder people’s way. The robot makes a phone call or texts a message to orderers after arriving at their floor.
Thirty Candles have been put into use. They can provide 500 to 1,000 meals each day with at least 60 meals at a time. The robots will be disinfected six times a day, the report said.
Sunnys work outdoors and are able to avoid obstacles such as pedestrians, vehicles and roadside debris.
After arriving at designated destinations, a Sunny will transport food boxes to a Candle for indoor delivery.
“Unmanned delivery is very effective in avoiding the people-to-people transmission of the epidemic and relieves delivery pressure during peak time. We hope these robots, and the technology, can bring comfort to people,” said He Zhiwei, general manager of Candela.
He said that they will continue cooperating with the park to let unmanned delivery cover its entire premise.
The company also developed a group of medical robots after the outbreak to support hospitals in Wuhan, Beijing and Shenzhen.