Self-Driving Robots Achieve Level 4 Autonomy, Will Invade City Sidewalks


The self-driving robots are the result of five years of research and development, and they represent a major advancement for delivery services. To create the next-gen robots with level 4 autonomy, Serve Robotics has worked on several features such as automated emergency braking, vehicle collision avoidance, and fail-safe mechanical braking. Designed to resemble a futuristic shopping cart, the latest Serve robot developed by the company measures 30 inches (76 cm) in length and it's 21 inches (53-cm) wide and a height of 40" (101.6 cm). It has a 50 lb (23 kg) storage capacity, and it can get around on four wheels with the help of its "eyes" (which are actually cameras). Together with active sensors such as lidar and ultrasonics, the robot can safely navigate on busy city sidewalks without bumping into pedestrians or objects. Serve's technical breakthrough was possible with support from key tech partners, including NVIDIA and Ouster. The AI computing platform required for robots to perceive their diverse surroundings in real-time is powered by the NVIDIA Jetson, while the machines' self-driving capabilities are enabled by Ouster's 3D lidar sensors. "I'm proud that Serve Robotics has achieved Level 4 autonomy, which further enhances public safety by significantly reducing the potential for human error.

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