Promobot to run quick tests for Coronavirus at Times Square

Promobot LLC engineers created a robot that can check for common Coronavirus symptoms and advice to visit a doctor through an interactive survey. The robot works in Times Square from January 30th starting at noon and then in New York every day.

The robot runs a quick survey consisting of 5 questions. It asks if the user had nausea recently, as well as temperature or cough, considering the person is healthy and hadn’t got sick before that. These symptoms were outlined in the new report from Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University and added into the robot.

Robot will encourage people on the street: “Come and get a quick test. Be sure: robots are not the source of the virus. As always it’s humans’ fault. But I still love you.” According to developers at Promobot, it’s important to take precautions but the most important thing is to stay calm in the midst of breaking news. Promobot will ensure people are not too preoccupied and avoid panic in the media. It will give general recommendations and brighten the user’s mood. It will also remind about the importance of self-check and, if necessary, a visit to the doctor, considering that the virus outbreak recently occurred in the US.

After demonstration in Times Square, it will be possible to do the health check through the robot for anybody. To receive a personal time and place notification users need to leave an inquiry at

According to World Health Organization, it is still unclear as to how coronavirus is spread. The lethality of it is unclear, either: to find that out there must be numbers on both people infected and those who recovered from it. It is also unclear as to how quickly the virus is spread.

The coronavirus spread first started in Zhongnan, China. The first outbreak was registered at the end of 2019. According to recent reports, the pneumonia caused by the virus resulted in the deaths of 56 people, with more than 1.9 thousand people infected. Aside from China, several cases of coronavirus were registered in the USA, Thailand, Canada, Singapore and South Korea.

Promobot company was founded in 2015. Today Promobot is the largest manufacturer of autonomous service robots in Northern and Eastern Europe. Promobots work in 37 countries as administrators, promoters, consultants, guides and concierges, replacing or supporting “live” employees. Promobot robots can be found in the Moscow metro, Dubai Mall, IKEA stores and other crowded places.