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Unmanned vehicles aid in China's coronavirus battle

Rolling robots deliver goods and sanitize hospitals to reduce human contact

Although unmanned vehicles are finding their way into hospitals and neighborhoods, businesses remain cautious about introducing them too quickly. (Photo courtesy of Idriverplus)

BEIJING -- At a time when preventing the new coronavirus from spreading is of the utmost importance, unmanned vehicles are playing an important role in China. At the same time, people are becoming aware of the limits of what humans can do to combat infectious disease and how automation might help.

Unmanned vehicles are quietly finding their way onto the streets and into hospitals in Wuhan and elsewhere in China. They deliver parcels around town, sanitize hospitals, deliver meals to isolation wards and help medical staff conduct consultations with patients.

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