November 28, 2022
Hyundai Mobis, which is developing smart mobility solutions, has announced it completed the development of mobile collaborative robotic and logistics robotic systems based on autonomous driving. The robots have been implemented in a pilot program for its Ulsan plant in South Korea.
The new robots can be utilized in manufacturing or distribution bases, as well as in service locations, the company said. Hyundai Mobis also said it is developing an exclusive integrated controller and control system. The mobile robots with articulated arms move autonomously in different environments, such as factories or offices, performing tasks in collaboration with humans in charge. Mobile collaborative robots are equipped with cameras and lidar sensors, allowing them to move in various directions. The vision cameras and moving arms of the robots allow them to perform interactive tasks with their human counterparts, such as arranging products on the shelf or delivering a cup of coffee brewed by a barista to a table.
The self-driving logistic robots are low-floor robots that move freely between production lines and distribution warehouses to transport supplies or goods. The 152 mm-tall robots can carry up to 200 kg with the ability to lift up to 12 cm. Using the equipped lidars and camera and ultrasonic wave-enabled sensors, these robots can identify their own locations at the site and also deliver materials via optimal paths to avoid workers and obstacles.
Hyundai Mobis said its robotics systems allow for integrated control of multiple self-driving logistics robots within one workplace. The control system prevents collisions and deadlocks between robots. In addition, a proprietary algorithm predicts and controls multiple robots in real time.
Hyundai Mobis said it is also developing an outdoor robotics system that will incorporate its robo-wheel technology. The control algorithm of the robo-wheel facilitates various driving motions, including a 360-degree zero turn and sideways crab driving.
“We are brainstorming innovative and creative ideas to develop safe and precise robotics technologies,” said Lee Seung-Hwan, head of Advanced Engineering at Hyundai Mobis. “We hope to use these human-robot collaborative solutions to further expand the scope of our business.”
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