XAG, a manufacturer of agricultural robots and drones, has pledged 5 million yuan and has repurposed some of its products to fight the spread of COVID-19 in China. The fund will be used to support the nearly 400 professional operators of XAG drones who have joined the disinfection operation.
Drones provide a number of unique advantages when used for human disinfection, including reducing the risk to operators by limiting the potential for exposure to COVID-19 and disinfecting a wider area more accurately and in less time.
XAG’s drones are particularly well suited for disinfecting rural areas – which present little obstruction – but densely populated urban areas are a challenge for UAVs to operate in effectively. In urban areas, XAG’s R80 robotic utility vehicle proves more effective; it can more easily traverse and disinfect urban terrain than drones, and has successfully demonstrated that it can operate both in and out of buildings.
While still in a limited testing phase, XAG’s demonstrations show that the use of automated vehicles can efficiently provide both air and ground coverage while limiting human exposure to COVID-19.
Creative adaptation of existing equipment and technologies will help businesses thrive as problem solvers in this volatile time.
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