Robotic that spreads disinfectant debuts in Grand Rapids

Pratt Miller Mobility has demo’ed its Large Area Autonomous Disinfecting (LAAD) Vehicle at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, MI.

The partner companies behind the development of the robot —Pratt, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and PlanetM—say it is the “first of its kind.”

The robot is connected, electric, and autonomous and dispenses FDA-approved disinfecting materials through a multi-head electrostatic sprayer array. The technology allows the spray to adhere to surfaces for maximum protection. The coverage happens through the use of sensors and data analysis.

The chief mobility officer at Michigan’s Office of Future Mobility and Electrification told Robotics & Automation News:

“Pratt Miller’s ability to pivot their product development capabilities in support of innovative solutions that fight the virus showcases the company’s expertise and the culture of innovation rooted here in Michigan.”