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Hyundai's Robotic Push: Autonomous Services in Seoul

Source: Hyundai Motor Group

Seoul, South Korea - The Hyundai Motor Group has initiated the implementation of autonomous delivery and parking robots at a smart office building in Seoul, marking a significant advancement in its pursuit of a comprehensive "robot total solution" for urban environments.

The South Korean automotive manufacturer has deployed its DAL-e delivery and parking robots at Factorial Seongsu, an office complex in the capital. 

The DAL-e Delivery robot, developed by Hyundai Motor and Kia, is capable of autonomous navigation around the building and delivers beverages ordered via a mobile application.

The robot is equipped with AI facial recognition technology, enabling it to carry up to 16 cups of coffee or items weighing up to 10 kg. 

Hyundai asserts that the technology exhibits an accuracy rate of 99.9%.

The parking robot, developed by Hyundai WIA, can autonomously park vehicles with a maximum weight of 2.2 tons. 

The robot has been designed to navigate in confined spaces, thereby increasing the utilization of parking spaces.

Moreover, Hyundai WIA has developed a "Smart Parking Control System" capable of simultaneously managing up to 50 parking robots. 

The company intends to integrate this system with Hyundai Motor and Kia's Automatic Charging Robot (ACR) in the third quarter of this year to provide electric vehicle charging services.

The deployment at Factorial Seongsu represents Hyundai's inaugural effort to implement a comprehensive robotic solution. 

As part of this initiative, the company plans to develop a multi-integrated control system to manage multiple delivery robots.

While the current deployment is limited to beverage delivery and parking services, Hyundai has indicated that it may include courier and mail delivery services.

As urban populations grow and cities grapple with efficiency and sustainability challenges, Hyundai's foray into robotic services could position it at the forefront of a new wave of urban technology solutions. 

Nevertheless, the success of this venture will depend on the company's ability to navigate the regulatory landscape, address privacy concerns, and demonstrate tangible benefits to building owners and occupants.