Hyundai uses robotic services in smart building

  • July 1, 2024
  • Michael Nadeau

Hyundai Motor Group has deployed robots at its Factorial Seongsu smart office building in Seoul, Korea. Hyundai Motor’s and Kia’s DAL-e Delivery robot navigates autonomously across the building to provide delivery services to building occupants. It is equipped with AI Face Identification technology developed by Robotics LAB, which has a claimed accuracy of 99.9 percent.

DAL-e Delivery is based on four Plug & Drive (PnD) modules, which combines a motor with steering, suspension, braking systems, and environmental recognition sensors. It reach speeds up to 1.2 meters per second and can autonomously recognize obstacles and navigate in congested areas. The robot’s suspension provides a steady ride over bumps in the floor to ensure stable delivery.

The robot can navigate and transfer to and from all building floors, interfacing with the elevator and door control system. It can also assess optimal routes, according to the company.

DAL-e Delivery recognizes the recipient through its camera using AI facial identification technology developed by Hyundai Motor and Kia’s Robotics Lab. The door automatically opens without the need for the recipient to input a password.

The robot has the capacity to hold up to 16 cups of coffee and transport items weighing up to 10 kg. DAL-e Delivery also features an 11.6-inch high-resolution display to show service status such as destination and operation status.

Hyundai WIA’s Parking Robot can autonomously park vehicles, maneuver in tight spaces, and increase parking space usage, according to the company. Combines with Hyundai WIA’s Smart Parking Control System, it can manage up to 50 parking robots simultaneously. Starting in Q3 this year, the Parking Robot will work alongside Hyundai Motor and Kia’s Automatic Charging Robot (ACR) to provide EV charging services.

“With DAL-e’s full-fledged delivery service, we aim to make Factorial Seongsu the first building to apply our Robot Total Solution,” said Dong Jin Hyun, vice president and head of Robotics LAB at Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation, in a press release. “We plan to expand our robotics services to more buildings, making these technological enhancements a major criterion for space innovation.”

The Group’s Robot Total Solution development plan involves using various robots and facial recognition systems in smart buildings, starting with Factorial Seongsu. It is also developing a “multi-integrated control system” for managing multiple delivery robots within the Robot Total Solution.