( 04/28/2022 ) WeRide, a global leading L4 autonomous driving company announces the launch of Robo Street Sweeper, the first mass-produced and purpose-built self-driving sweeper vehicle in China. The launch also represents the roll-off of Robo Street Sweeper and the next step towards a large-scale road test in May this year, with a fleet of more than 50 vehicles, to be conducted in Nansha District, Guangzhou.
Robo Street Sweeper is designed and produced for city-level environmental services under a strategic collaboration between WeRide and Yutong Group. First of its kind in the sweeper industry, the Robo Street Sweeper features an unprecedented cockpit-free design without a steering wheel, accelerator or brake pedals. It is WeRide’s second product for mass production and purpose-built self-driving vehicles, after the launch of Mini Robobus.
WeRide Robo Street Sweepers, the first batch to roll off the assembly line and ready for road test
The Robo Street Sweeper demonstrates WeRide’s philosophy of “tech for good” to prompt a greener environment. This EV has a fully redundant chassis and is powered by WeRide’s leading L4 autonomous driving solution, enabling safe, fully driverless and all-day available operations. Under the self-driving mode, the fleet is able to perform comprehensive environmental services, such as sweeping, sprinkling and disinfection spraying.
WeRide has also developed a custom-built cloud-based platform to manage the Robo Street Sweeper fleet. The platform acts the brain and command center for the smart city’s environmental services. The system provides real-time information of routes, operations and autonomous driving status. It facilitates intelligent scheduling, automated activation, remote dispatching and route management, ensuring daily operations, such as charging, water filling, waste discharge, vehicle activation and parking without human intervention.
WeRide Robo Street Sweeper features unprecedented cockpit-free design
The large-scale road test of Robo Street Sweeper fleet will be launched in May, with over 50 vehicles in the first batch, covering the entire Nanshan district of Guangzhou.
The fleet will be tested on technological and operational metrics through a road test plan designed to address real-life scenarios of the Nansha District. Road tests will also be conducted past midnight to acquire an in-depth understanding on the frontline. In light of the COVID-19 situation, the Robo Street Sweeper is equipped with a spraying system to disinfect with zero-contact.
Accommodating the needs from different regions, timeslots, and services, WeRide has combined flexibility with extensive multi-scenario operation experiences. WeRide and the Nanshan government have joined hands in co-creating the leading pilot application of autonomous driving in China.
A WeRide Robo Street Sweeper is performing sprinkling on the road
Wei Min, Standing Committee Member of CPC Guangzhou Nansha District Committee, Executive Head of People's Government of Nansha District, Guangzhou addressed, “Nansha District is the pioneer to support autonomous driving road tests and operations. WeRide Robo Street Sweepers’ road test in Nansha will be one of the largest in history. WeRide, being the leader in autonomous driving in China, is well equipped with industry-leading expertise in technology development, product innovation and commercial operations. We will work together to promote, explore and practice a high quality digital economy in Nansha.
“Under the accelerated urbanization process, we observed a surge of needs on environmental services. Meanwhile, with the emerging pandemic like COVID-19, the request on zero-contact environmental services has been raised due to public health concerns.” says Tony Han, the founder and CEO of WeRide. “By developing the self-driving Robo Street Sweeper, WeRide offers a package of environmental services without human intervention, and it will be available for city in a safer, greener and more efficient manner. In case of a public health emergency, the fleet will be the first and the most trusted resource to serve the public with the safe and reliable autonomous driving technology.”
WeRide has developed a series of innovative products, namely Robotaxi, Mini Robobus, Robovan and the most recent Robo Street Sweeper, with the aim to bring smart mobility, smart freight and smart environmental services to commercial applications, realizing the fullest potential of autonomous driving technology.
WeRide’s Robo Street Sweeper fleet will be in road testing in May 2022
WeRide is a leading, commercial-stage global company that develops Level 4 autonomous driving technologies. WeRide aims to develop safe and reliable driverless solutions to make mobility and transportation safer, more affordable and accessible. It is the first technology company in the world that holds driverless test permits in both China and the U.S.
WeRide has been a pioneer in accelerating the commercialization of autonomous technologies and services around the world. Through strategic alliances with leading OEMs, mobility and logistics service platforms, WeRide offers an all-rounded product mix of Robotaxi, Mini Robobus, Robovan and Robo Street Sweeper to provide services including smart mobility, smart freight and smart environmental services.
Established in 2017, WeRide is headquartered in Guangzhou, China, and has expanded its R&D and operation centers to Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Zhengzhou, Nanjing, Wuhan, and Anqing, as well as San Francisco in the US. WeRide has formed partnerships with top-tier global OEMs including Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, Yutong Group and GAC Group, etc.
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