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Korea to invest more in robotics industry Updated: 2014-07-25 22:17:11 KST

 Korea to invest more in robotics industry

The government is determined to forge a new path in the robotics industry and on Friday set up a road map for the next five years.
The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy hopes to expand the use of robot technology across a number of sectors such as manufacturing, automobiles and education.
Developing various types of robots has been a national project since 2009, and this year signals the start of the plan's second stage.
It recommends the government invest 2.5 billion U.S. dollars by the end of 2018 in joint projects with robotics companies.
By 2018, the government hopes to see the domestic robotics market grow to more than 6 billion dollars, up from 2.1 billion in 2012.
To achieve that goal, more attention will be paid to so-called "humanoid robots" that can be used in disaster missions, and intelligent robots, which can help with people with specific tasks.
The government also plans to hold robotics competitions every year and strengthen cooperation with countries that are leaders in robotics technology.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.
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