Seoul city to test autonomous food delivery robots

This photo provided by LG Electronics Inc. on July 13, 2021 shows the company’s new indoor-outdoor delivery robot.

SEOUL, June 9 (Korea Bizwire) The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced on Wednesday that it will test autonomous food delivery robots until November next year.

The project will deploy 11 robots of three different types for the 18-month test period.

After this month’s preparatory phase, indoor delivery robots will be deployed in August to provide delivery service from a cafeteria in the Convention and Exhibition Center (COEX) to the office entrance. of the World Trade Center in Seoul.

Next year, outdoor delivery robots will deliver from a food vendor on Tehran-ro street to office lobbies as part of a performance test.

COEX and Teheran-ro Street are home to large businesses and shopping complexes employing 33,000 workers and visited by 40 million customers each year, making it an ideal place to test delivery robots, the city said.

“We will collect verified data from a place where there is a large floating population and demand for delivery robots and use the data to design basic standards for robot operation and privacy guidelines,” the government said. from the city.

The city will also engage in discussions with the central government to establish safety standards for the operation of outdoor delivery robots.

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