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Hyundai Launches Pilot Programs to Advance Last-Mile Robot Delivery

Hyundai Motor Group has started two pilot delivery service programs using autonomous robots based on its Plug & Drive (PnD) modular platform at a hotel and a residential-commercial complex located in the outskirts of Seoul, South Korea.

The delivery robot consists of a storage unit integrated on top of a PnD driving unit. Alongside the loading box used to deliver items, a connected screen displays information for customers. The Group’s PnD modular platform is an all-in-one single wheel unit that combines intelligent steering, braking, in-wheel electric drive and suspension hardware, including a steering actuator for 360-degree, holonomic rotation (a robot is holonomic if the controllable degree of freedom is equal to total degrees of freedom). It moves autonomously with the aid of lidar and camera sensors. The integrated storage unit lets the robot transport products to customers.

“PnD-based delivery robots allow quicker delivery times with improved safety through the use of autonomous driving technology, including fast obstacle avoidance capabilities,” said Dong Jin Hyun, head of Robotics LAB of Hyundai Motor Group. “We plan to keep upgrading mobility services, convenience, safety and affordability for customers through our pilot programs.”

By adding the autonomous driving capability, the PnD-based robot can find the optimal route within the area to deliver packages to recipients, Hyundai said. The robot can recognize and avoid fixed and moving objects and drive smoothly, providing a fast delivery time.

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