Pudu Robotics (普渡科技), a leading delivery robot startup, recently won the prestigious Red Dot Design Award for a second time in six years, on the back of its design of CC1, a commercial robotic vacuum cleaner it debuted globally at CES 2022.
Pudu received the accolades first in 2017, when its meal delivery robot model PuduBot clinched the Red Dot design prize.
As an autonomous floor robotic cleaner deployed to shopping malls and public places, CC1 owes its success to several reasons.
Pudu attributed it primarily to the company’s inverted handle design, which combines SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping), mobile operation and manual cleaning.
Additionally, according to a press release posted on the firm’s website, Pudu’s CC1 is designed for a variety of cleaning scenarios and is capable of multiple functions, including scrubbing, sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, automatic water refilling and debris discharge, autonomous driving, auto elevator taking, e-gate and auto-gate passage, auto access control, and multi-floor operations.
Driven by AI technologies, CC1 can recognize the texture of floorboards and choose the most appropriate cleaning mode and modules, while flexibly planning its route to avoid obstacles.
The design of CC1 also centers on improving the user experience, with the device decked out often in bright colors to accentuate its contrast with surroundings and thus alert passengers to collision risks.
A built-in squeegee and a removable dust vacuum alow it to meet needs in various application scenarios, including on hard floors and soft carpet.
Moreover, the touch screen mounted atop the robot’s handle can show its status in real time and also interact with users through voice messages or imitations of human facial expressions.
Up till now, Pudu is a recipient of Red Dot Awards and Japan’s Good Design Award, aka G-Mark Award, for multiple times, a testament to the firm’s design aesthetics.