LG wants to develop more robot waiters

LG Electronics has forged a partnership with online food delivery platform operator Woowa Brothers and the Korea Institute for Robot Industry Advancement (KIRIA) to co-develop robots that can be used to serve in restaurants.

The tech company and Woowa Brothers have joined a project chaired by KIRIA, a Daegu-based state-run agency that supervises Korea’s robot industry, to develop robot waiters and related technologies.

Under the agreement, LG and Woowa Brothers will develop specialized serving robots by November that will then be available for rent through Woowa Brothers’ robot rental business. Woowa Brothers operates the country’s top online food delivery platform Baedal Minjok, also known as Baemin.

The company currently has 85 serving robots operating at 68 restaurants across the country.

“LG, which has shown a strong interest in the robot business, will develop both hardware and software for the serving robots,” an LG official said. “Woowa Brothers will also join the development process, providing the technological knowhow they have built by operating the rental robot business.”

They said the partnership will help nurture the country’s robot business, which has been increasingly recognized as a promising sector in post-coronavirus times.