WeRide Robosweeper S1 cleans 1 million square feet of road per charge

WeRide Robosweeper S1
WeRide Robosweeper S1 is performing unmanned cleaning operations. Images courtesy WeRide

In an era where urban cleanliness has become more crucial than ever, technological advancements are playing a pivotal role in enhancing sanitation efforts. One of the latest innovations in this field is the introduction of the Robosweeper S1, an autonomous electric robovan designed by WeRide to keep roads and bike paths free of debris. This compact vehicle is capable of working independently or alongside street crews, providing a versatile solution for maintaining urban cleanliness.

WeRide, established in 2017 by a former chief scientist from Baidu’s autonomous driving lab, has quickly made a name for itself in the autonomous vehicle industry. With operation centers spread across Silicon Valley, the UAE, Singapore, and China, the company has previously introduced L4 self-driving robotaxis, a robobus, and a robovan. Despite the gradual global advancement of autonomous vehicles, the widespread adoption of such technologies has been slow, with China leading the way, thanks in part to companies like AutoX, Baidu, and now WeRide.

In the first half of 2022, WeRide announced its venture into autonomous road sweeping technology with the production of the S6 model. Following its success, the company has introduced the Robosweeper S1. This newer model is specifically designed for the wet and dry cleanup of various outdoor areas, including parks, sidewalks, and traffic lanes, showcasing its versatility and efficiency.

The Robosweeper S1 stands out for its compact design, measuring 2,570 mm in length, not including its front brushes, and boasting a turning circle of just 2.7 meters. This design facilitates the vehicle’s maneuverability, especially in tighter urban spaces. It operates on WeRide’s autonomous driving platform, equipped with 360-degree sensors and cameras for comprehensive situational awareness. Additionally, the vehicle features advanced capabilities such as blind-spot detection, traffic signal recognition, and obstacle avoidance, ensuring safe and efficient operation.

WeRide Robosweeper S1 Collaborates with Humans
The Robosweeper S1, the first Level 4 self-driving sanitation vehicle, works with or without human teams.

A notable aspect of the Robosweeper S1 is its impressive battery life, capable of cleaning 1 million square feet per charge. This efficiency is further enhanced by a 400-liter water tank and a 240-liter trash bin, allowing for extended cleaning sessions without the need for frequent disposal or recharge. The vehicle is also designed to autonomously offload collected debris at designated points and return to base for recharging, minimizing the need for human intervention.

The launch of the Robosweeper S1 in Guangzhou marks a significant milestone in the commercial deployment of autonomous sanitation technology. WeRide has already secured several contracts for the S1, indicating a positive reception and a promising future for this innovative solution.

WeRide Robosweeper S1 and S6
The collaboration between WeRide Robosweeper S1 and S6.

Source: WeRide