A driverless vehicle on Thursday ended its mission of delivering food to staff working at an anti-epidemic checkpoint in Shenzhen, south China’s Guangdong Province.

Loaded with the last batch of 60 boxes of breakfast, the vehicle, three meters long and 1.5 meters wide, departed from the dining hall and traversed 2 km through the motor lanes on roads, automatically avoiding other vehicles and passersby on the way.

When the mini-van arrived at the checkpoint on the Jianshe Road of Pingshan District, it would horn to remind people to pick up the food.

Wu Lihua, an inspector of the checkpoint, said the unmanned vehicle have served them for a month saving labor forces and, more importantly, reducing chances of cross-infection.

As the epidemic has been basically contained, the checkpoint will be removed Friday, meaning the unmanned machine has accomplished its mission.

The vehicle, with a designed speed of 30 kph, was developed by the Shenzhen Unity Drive Innovation Technology Co., Ltd.

Wu Guohui, an executive of the company, said the vehicle is equipped with multiple cameras, Ultrasonic and laser sensors, as well as a positioning and navigating system.

In case of emergency, the monitoring staff could intervene its operation and control the vehicle at the back end, he said.

Shenzhen is a hub for Chinese hi-tech businesses. The city transport bureau has requested for comment on a draft guideline to promote an exemplary application of intelligent connected vehicles. According to the draft, intelligent vehicles will see demonstrative applications for passenger transport, street cleaning and cargo delivery.

To date, the city has opened 124 km of roads for tests of the intelligent connected vehicles and granted 12 road test licenses to Tencent, DJI and other companies. Enditem

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