LG Electronics launches commercial robot business
LG Electronics is expediting its robot business by launching a test of commercial robots at Incheon International Airport.
On top of robots made for passenger guidance and airport cleaning, the electronics maker said it will continue to release robots for more diverse purposes.
“With the test operation of our robots at Incheon International Airport, we will continue to expand the range of our robot business,” LG Electronics’ home appliance and air systems business President Song Dae-hyun said. “We will continue our effort to research and develop robotics technology, aiming to take a leading role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”
The company said it has deployed five cleaning robots and five passenger guidance robots for tests. The company said Incheon International Airport has decided to introduce the robots as a part of its smart airport service project.
“By operating our robots at the airport, which is the biggest gateway connecting Korea and the world, we will have opportunities to promote our robot business to passengers and visitors to the airport, which total 57 million a year,” an LG official said.
LG Electronics signed an agreement with the Incheon International Airport Corp. in July last year and has tested its prototype robots at the airport since this February.
The passenger guidance robot taps into LG Electronics’ voice-recognition technology and is designed to understand four languages ― Korean, English, Chinese and Japanese. Connected to the central server of Incheon International Airport Corp., the robots will provide flight information and tell the locations of gates, stores and amenities. It can also escort passengers in need to their destinations.
The cleaning robot is based on LG Electronics’ robot vacuum cleaners and has been optimized for operation at the airport with autonomous driving and obstacle avoidance technologies.
LG Electronics unveiled the robots for the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show 2017 in Las Vegas in January. The company said it plans to expand its commercial robot business as one of its future growth engines.
To this end, it will release more diverse home robots such as advanced robot cleaners and robots for public places including airports and banks.
In 2003, LG Electronics became the first Korean electronics enterprise to launch robot cleaners and has since pushed to develop robot autonomous driving and control technologies. It recently added natural language processing and artificial intelligence technologies to its home appliances.