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This autonomous, electric vehicle concept for medical transport claims to be 'pandemic proof' — take a look

8/2/2020 3:39:00 PM

This autonomous, electric vehicle concept for medical transport claims to be 'pandemic proof' — take a look

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released a concept for autonomous, "pandemic-proof" electric vehicles. NemBots (non-emergency medical robots) are a transportation design prompted by COVID-19, although they can be used much more widely. Each NemBot is like an autonomous pod, with room for one person plus full sanitation equipment like a UV disinfectant light. Within this standardized size, the interior can be swapped out for uses coronavirus-related and not. 

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The coronavirus made the need for transportation for vulnerable people clear, but it extends past COVID-19, and public transportation doesn't always meet these needs. As relatively small, autonomous, and efficient vehicles, Manyone suggests that they could even be used for public utilities, like garbage collection.

See the NemBot here. The NemBot can be customized a few different ways, so it's useful in a number of situations.Nembot.Thomas NoppenIndependent units can drive autonomously to move patients, medical supplies, samples, or whatever else is needed.

Nembot.The electric, autonomous vehicles can be used for last mile deliveries and pick-ups in cities.Nembot.Thomas NoppenThey could also be combined into a six NemBot convoy, with a single driver for long distances.Nembot.The convoy would act as a charging station for the smaller electric vehicles.

Nembot.Thomas NoppenThe interior could be outfitted to transport patients in isolation, without risking exposure to the patient or other passengers the way larger transportation methods do.Nembot.Thomas NoppenThough small, the vehicles could fit a single passenger and sanitation station, and the front suspension was designed to make sidewalks accessible for wheelchairs or sickbeds.

Nembot.Thomas NoppenOr, the interior could be optimized for transporting supplies, with a cryogenic container to hold vaccines or test samples.Nembot.The convoy solution could even combine these different uses, while each NemBot charges.Nembot.Thomas Noppen

Skibsted designed the NemBot to operate in congested urban neighborhoods, where its small size makes deliveries faster and more efficiently than a large cargo truck.Nembot.Thomas NoppenThey would move at around 20 mph, compared to the average speed of cargo trucks in New York City, just seven miles per hour.

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Nembot.Thomas NoppenThe simple but useful design has parts that can easily be swapped out for a range of other uses.Nembot.Thomas NoppenThe concept has uses beyond COVID-19, too. Patients with compromised immune systems, for example, could use the isolated transport to minimize risks.

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