RIYADH: For the first time a robot distributed copies of the Holy Qur’an to pilgrims performing their final Hajj ritual before leaving Makkah.,
Tawaf Al-Wida is performed before a pilgrim departs from Makkah and is an obligatory ritual.
Sheikh Badr bin Abdullah Al-Furaih, deputy president for guidance affairs of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques said the robot uses a dual automatic navigation system and has a three-dimensional sensor to avoid collision with barriers and people.
The robot weighs 59 kg and can carry up to 40kg. Its speed, which can be controlled, varies between 0.5-1.2/s, and its dimensions are 565x537x1290 mm.
Al-Furaih said that the use of technology, modern applications, and artificial intelligence is one of the priorities of the head of the presidency Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais.
Pilgrims are stoning the pillars at the Jamarat Bridge for a final time on Monday before returning to the Grand Mosque where they will perform Tawaf Al-Wida.