Self-Driving Vehicle to Distribute PPEs in Sharjah
The UAE's Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has announced it is deploying a self-driving vehicle to distribute personal protective equipment including masks, gloves and sanitizers to residents and workers of a residential complex in Sharjah.
The initiative, which was implemented in cooperation with the Sharjah’s Family Health Promotion Center, and Huawei, comes as part of the ministry’s efforts being made to contain the spread of coronavirus, using the latest Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies and fifth generation technology (5G).
Dr. Amin Hussein Al Amiri, Assistant Under-Secretary for Public Health Policy and the Licensing Sector in the ministry, affirmed the ministry’s keenness to incorporate AI technologies and smart techniques into its COVID-19 awareness programmes.
Al Amiri said: "Deploying the autonomous shuttle is a step in the right direction towards strengthening the prevention and control of COVID-19 as it significantly reduces social contact while at the same time saves more time and effort.
"AI technologies are very useful during these challenges’ times. Not only will they help protect the medical cadres against the virus, but they will also save their time, which can be harnessed to treat patients.”
The recently launched initiative (autonomous vehicle) is the latest in a series of awareness campaigns launched by the ministry to encourage the public to follow precautionary measures.