Hyundai, Kia Introduce Next-Gen DAL-e Delivery Robot

Hyundai, Kia Introduce Next-Gen DAL-e Delivery Robot

Hyundai Motor and Kia have unveiled the latest version of the DAL-e Delivery robot, showcasing cutting-edge technologies such as autonomous driving and facial recognition.

Designed to revolutionize the efficiency of food and parcel delivery services, the new DAL-e Delivery boasts an array of enhancements tailored for seamless operation in complex indoor environments.

This upgraded version of the DAL-e Delivery robot has undergone significant improvements in both design and performance, drawing from insights gained during Hyundai Motor and Kia’s previous conveyance pilot project.

Equipped with advanced autonomous driving capabilities, the robot can navigate congested areas with ease, achieving a top speed of 1.2 meters per second.

The robot’s design, based on Plug & Drive (PnD) modules, enhances delivery performance, particularly in settings like offices and malls. With its square column structure and discreetly integrated sensors, DAL-e Delivery ensures stability while maneuvering around obstacles and through narrow passages.

Its enhanced suspension system guarantees a smooth ride, even when transporting items weighing up to 10 kilograms, including 16 cups of coffee.

One of the standout features of DAL-e Delivery is its facial recognition technology, developed by Hyundai Motor and Kia’s Robotics Lab and certified by the Korea Internet and Security Agency. This technology enables seamless recipient identification, allowing the robot to autonomously open doors for deliveries without requiring a password.

Furthermore, DAL-e Delivery features an 11.6-inch high-resolution display that provides users with essential information such as destination and operation status. Animated facial expressions displayed on the screen enhance customer interaction, making the delivery experience more intuitive and engaging.

Hyundai Motor and Kia are set to deploy DAL-e Delivery at IGIS Asset Management’s ‘Factorial Seongsu’ in Seoul, starting in the second quarter of this year.

The smart office building, slated to open in April, is equipped to support the robot’s seamless integration, marking a significant step towards commercializing robot-friendly infrastructure.