A Chinese tech firm has launched two self-driving street cleaning vehicles. The vehicles can, reportedly, automatically trace and pick up street garbage, as well as trim roadside bushes.

According to a report in The China Daily, the vehicles were developed by the Changsha Zoomlion Environmental Industry Co in Changsha, capital of central province of Hunan.

Chen Peiliang, president of the company, told the newspapers that the environmental sanitation industry had entered the AI-era. The company's self-driving vehicles are described as 'intelligent robots with auto piloting systems'. The report said they can replace humans as street cleaners.

The report added the vehicles can sense and avoid barriers while sending video images of surrounding areas to a cloud-computing platform for remote control.

The report also said the company plans to build a plant for mass production of the vehicles, as well as develop more varieties of vehicles, as it forecasts strong demand for such products in future 'smart cities'.

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