From automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection and even self-driving vehicles, Gyeonggi-do Province and local startup companies put on the annual autonomous mobility show at Pangyo Techno Valleyfor locals to get a glimpse of how mobility in South Korea could look in the future.
Visitors wait to take a ride on an autonomous public transport system called 'Zero-Shuttle' for a tour around the city of Pangyo.
"It's not all about self-driving cars at this year's show. As non-contact services have been getting more attention during the pandemic, many robots that can provide a range of services are also on display."
At this one-of-a-kind restaurant, a robot waits near the kitchen.
With just one touch of its screen, the robot is automatically on its way to serve food to a designated table.
"People recently prefer non-contact services due to COVID-19. That's why they're very interested in the fact that robots are able to serve food at the restaurant."
A robot that is used for automatic sanitization is on display at the exhibit.
Its goal is to minimize physical contact and reduce the risk to frontline workers during the pandemic.
Throughout the show, a guide robot interacts with people and explains each booth.
In addition, an AI robot is on patrol by itself in a residential area, detecting dangerous situations like gas leaks and fires through its camera before reporting to the control room in real-time.
One visitor to the event is hoping to see more robot developments like these in the future.
"With COVID-19 continued to linger, if these technologies keep being developed more, it will help prepare for life post-COVID-19."
However, due to the pandemic, organizers decided to reduce the size of this year's event, and broadcasted it online and on social media.
Choi Won-jong, Arirang News.