The janitorial service industry has no intention of being left behind in global advancement and new technology. The equipment being used today includes automated floor scrubbers with memory recall and data driven robotic cleaners, among others that have improved productivity, compliance with hygiene standards, and efficiency.
Recent trade shows featured new dashboard systems to help cleaning companies assess and decide on the cleaning products best suited for their needs alongside software systems that would empower better and more efficient bidding, purchasing, and quality control processes for enhanced internal controls. In fact, last November, San Diego-based Brain Corp entered into a partnership with a Japanese–based SoftBank Robotics to manufacture driverless robotic floor cleaners that will be equipped with multiple sensors, scanners, and programmed memory.
Can self-driving cars for the cleaning industry be far behind?
In 2016, a study was done by Business Insider that showed that in less than two years, there will be around 10 million self-driving cars in the US and 20 billion “connected things” globally. Logically, if this industry is to adapt self-driving automobiles, the initial beneficiaries would predictably be the distributors and manufacturers who can use these types of vehicles for better logistics operations to lower overhead and minimize staffing issues like absenteeism, overtime and holiday pay, and poor productivity. These vehicles will improve fuel consumption, lower insurance and liability costs, and delivery tracking. Truck drivers, on the other hand, can still be used for long haul jobs since the idea of robots on the highway is currently not a realistic option.
Cleaning companies have a history of making technology relevant to their business. With self-drive vehicles, knowing more about this particular innovation can push them ahead of their competition and allow them to stay viable when these vehicles become mainstream.
In an effort to de-muddle any misconceptions about self-driving cars, here is a quick FAQ:
Do you need a human person behind the wheel of a self-drive vehicle?
The law requires a person to be in the self-drive vehicle when the vehicle is in motion. Although, an announcement was been issued in October 2017, from the California Department of Motor Vehicle, that they will allow driver-less automated car sometime this year on a trial basis. This new change, however, does not include trucks and larger vehicles. In Nevada, self-drive trucks have been allowed since 2015 but have to be equipped with GPS, radar, cameras, and multiple sensors.
The logic behind having a human in the vehicle is to prevent accidents since driver-less vehicles continue to be a work in progress with kinks still being ironed out.
What are the chances of accidents from self-drive vehicles?
Self-drive cars are equipped with sensors and several other safety features to prevent collisions. Data shows that vehicular accidents are mostly caused by human error. Self-drive vehicles have intelligent functions specifically to make its use safe. Right now, the main obstacle for self-drive vehicles aside from the engineering and technical aspects is the perception among consumers that self-drive vehicles are more dangerous because of the risk of malfunction or glitz.
Based on the past few years, when it comes to accidents involving self-drive cars, the errors were almost always caused by the car with the human driver. Some of the errors were speeding, poor decisions, distracted driving, and failure to follow road laws.
The final question would have to do with the realistic and legal aspects of self-drive vehicles for business. Self-drive vehicles are not a pipe dream. It’s already on the roads and being tested for commercial and personal use. There are also new road regulations being prepared for when these vehicles will be available for public use and the arguments are in the details but not in the concept. It is expected that all the issues will be resolved.