Hyundai Kia's invention so that no one goes down to have a coffee

Hyundai and Kia have presented the DAL-e Delivery robot, which in addition to distributing packages throughout a building autonomously, can take care of the coffee. This is a delivery robot from the Hyundai/Kia Robotics Lab built on the platform Plug & Drive from Hyundai that includes steering, braking and electric all-wheel drive in one modular unit.

The DAL-e Delivery integrates four Plug & Drive modules, with improved suspension to ensure that the cup of coffee inside does not spill. And its cargo hold can accommodate up to 16 cups of coffee or packages weighing up to 10 kg.

Onboard sensors allow the robot to navigate complicated or busy environments while safely avoiding obstacles, and can also calculate optimal routes in real time for fast deliveries. It is not excessively fast, since it moves at a maximum speed of 1.2 m/s.

There was an earlier version that could wirelessly interact with a building's intelligent system servers so that it could call an elevator, using its camera and artificial intelligence processors to verify the number of occupants before entering, if it is safe to do so, or wait for the next one. You could then go up to the desired floor and travel to the office, all without touching a button. This new model can also interact with door and elevator control systems in smart buildings.

Upon reaching its destination, the built-in camera is used for AI facial recognition with 99.9% accuracy and the doors to the robot's cargo space open for the target worker, with no password or key code required. Then push a storage tray out for easier delivery.

The DAL-e Delivery has a square column design, with rounded corners. At the top it has an 11.6-inch high-resolution screen that displays information about the status of the service, as well as face-shaped animations to “improve customer relations.”

The idea behind this robot is for it to provide indoor food and package delivery services. It will begin work coinciding with the opening of IGIS Asset Management's Factorial Seongsu smart office in Seoul, during the second quarter of this year. But you can now see it in action in a video on Hyundai's YouTube channel.

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