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Self-driving car delivers medical supplies in Sharjah

The autonomous vehicle is being used to deliver PPE to residents and workers at a Sharjah residential complex

Self-driving car delivers medical supplies in Sharjah

The UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has deployed a self-driving vehicle to distribute personal protective equipment to residents and workers at a Sharjah residential complex, it was announced on Friday.

The initiative forms part of a partnership between the MoHAP, Sharjah’s Family Health Promotion Centre and Huawei.

The vehicle uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies and 5G.

“AI technologies are very useful during these challenging times,” said Dr Amin Hussein Al Amiri, assistance undersecretary for public health policy and the licensing sector in the ministry. “Not only will they help protect medical cadres against the virus, but they will also save their time, which can be harnessed to treat patients.”

Al Amiri added that the UAE is increasingly turning towards AI technology in the healthcare sector, particularly as the public and private sectors work together to combat the spread of Covid-19.

The autonomous vehicle complements a various awareness campaigns launched by the ministry to encourage the public to follow precautionary measures – such as social distancing and the wearing of masks – amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

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