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South Korea Is Set To Introduce Delivery Robots In City Roads By 2023

50% of sales are now eCommerce based, with the rising minimum wage in South Korea, delivery robots are the most cost-effective way.

South Korea Is Set To Introduce Delivery Robots In City Roads By 2023

Seoul might be one of the first cities in Asia to witness delivery robots, named Dilly Drive, become an everyday thing. Food delivery service provider Woowa Brothers has already started testing these robots and other delivery-based organisations are opening up to the idea as well. The South Korea government plans to develop such robots and have them deployed by 2023.

As of now, the law in Korea does not support the presence of these robots in the streets of Seoul, especially because they are marked as unmanned vehicles. So, to ensure proper testing, the Korean government has set up a special zone outside the city where the delivery robots can be deployed by Woowa Brothers. 

A recently held demonstration of the delivery robots showed that they were able to steer across a busy street, stop at a red light, and delivered an order successfully. The robots are armed with three cameras and travel at a speed of 5 km per hour. Woowa Brothers began producing these delivery robots in 2017, and now the models are quite close to perfection.

The reason behind the need for delivery robots is the rising minimum wage in South Korea. Since almost 50% of sales are now eCommerce based, the Dilly robots are the most cost-effective way of ensuring timely delivery. Apart from the Woowa Brothers, 7-Eleven has also started testing delivery robots using which made successful delivery of items weighing more than 25 kgs. Other companies that are investing in this technology include Hyundai, SoftBank, and LG. Samsung is also reportedly building a robot to perform household chores.

It can be expected that within the next half-decade, the usage of such robots for delivery services and otherwise will become commonplace.

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