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25 September 2019

Unmanned to trial autonomous delivery bots in Seoul

First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com
Technology start-up Unmanned Solutions is to deploy autonomous delivery robots in Sangam Digital Media City (DMC), an autonomous driving test bed South Korea’s capital Seoul.

The Korean Times says the four-wheeled electric vehicles will operate in the city for a year, carrying 200kg of goods on a flat tray.

Jung Young-Jae, a city official in charge of the start-up incubation project at Seoul Institute of Technology, says: “The robots will start with shipping supplies from freight trucks near the main road to restaurants and shops in car-free zones inside the DMC area. If all is well, the robots will later advance to food deliveries."

From October, the robots will operate away from other vehicles in pedestrian areas around the Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation’s headquarters.

The DMC testbed is also being used to trial autonomous buses. It features 5G network cables to enable connectivity between vehicles, traffic lights and stations.