Hyundai: autonomous robots for last-mile deliveries

Hyundai develops its autonomous driving technologies on robotics applications, with for example these autonomous robots allowing to carry out local deliveries.

Presented at the beginning of the year at CES 2022 in Las Vegas, the PnD modular platform (Plug & Drive) of the group hyundai allows it to develop robotic applications, relying on its know-how in autonomous and connected vehicles.

This platform combines intelligent steering, braking, in-wheel electric propulsion and suspension systems, as well as a steering actuator that allows it to turn 360°. Thanks to camera sensors and LiDAR sensors, it is also able to move independently, while determining the best route to take to reach its destination.

Hyundai develops autonomous robots

The Korean manufacturer has just presented the first applications of this new technological platform, in the form of autonomous robots in a hotel and a residential and commercial complex, in the Seoul area, in South Korea:

“Delivery robots based on the PnD platform offer reduced delivery times and an increased level of safety through the use of autonomous driving technologies, including rapid obstacle avoidance systems. Through these pilot projects, we intend to continue to improve mobility services, convenience, safety and accessibility for customers.”declared on this occasion Dong Jin Hyun, Director of the laboratory of robotics of Hyundai Motor Group.

Hyundai: autonomous room service in a hotel

One of the group’s pilot projects in this area was set up in therolling hills hotelwith a autonomous robot who ensures the room service from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.: customers can order their products, dishes and drinks via a “Kakao Talk” messaging application, which allows them to follow the status of their delivery in real time.

This robot is able to recognize its environment and the people it meets, avoid obstacles and collisions, and move independently through the floors thanks to the elevators: arrived in front of the room, he detects the opening of the door, and recognizes the customer to whom he opens his storage compartment, containing the ordered foodstuffs. A screen placed on his head can display messages, but he can also communicate with his voice.

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Hyundai: door-to-door deliveries

Hyundai also provided Woowa Brothersa Korean delivery company, an autonomous robot for its last mile delivery service. It is used to provide a door-to-door (D2D) food delivery service in a residential and commercial complex located in the Seoul area.

The customer places his order with an application called Baemin, and the robot picks up the requested item in the mall, before delivering it directly to the customer. The robot is able to access the entrance doors of buildings and elevators, thanks to wireless communication.

These fully autonomous service robots are a game-changing innovation in last-mile delivery, and are expected to grow in the logistics and retail sectors.

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Hyundai: autonomous robots for last-mile deliveries

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