– The only real road-based Pangyo Zero City autonomous driving pilot area in Korea

– From cars to robots to drones, autonomous mobility technology and companies gather

Autonomous driving technology is largely composed of “recognition – judgment = control.” Sensors are equivalent to the five senses of a person and in charge of recognition, and the computer and AI recognize the information and give commands to the control part through systemized judgment process like the human brain, and this is how automation and autonomous mobility is performed by robots. Although the principle seems simple, this technology requires the convergence among relevant industries, so autonomous driving technology is often expressed as the “center of Industry 4.0.” Autonomous driving, which is expanding its role as a part of this new era, begins with a remote-controlled car developed in 1925 by the US engineer Francis Houdina. Autonomous driving technology with a history of development for nearly 100 years is most often applied to automobiles and has improved its completeness. This is why we think of autonomous car when it comes to autonomous driving.

Countries around the world are implementing various support policies to lead autonomous driving technology and mobility services, possibly the key players in Industry 4.0. In addition to government support, the local government is also taking steps to proliferate related policies to take the lead in autonomous driving technology and enhance corporate competitiveness. Among them, Gyeonggi-do established legal grounds for vitalizing the autonomous driving ecosystem by installing the autonomous driving center while creating the 2nd Pangyo Technovalley project, and established various strategies and made policies for securing the technology and competitiveness of the autonomous driving industry. Particularly, the Pangyo Zero City Autonomous Driving Demonstration District, the only demonstration complex in Korea that will conduct demonstrations by domestic companies based on actual roads, is evaluated as an infrastructure optimized for autonomous driving demonstration.

Pangyo, the guide for startups who want to show innovative autonomous driving ideas

Pangyo Zero City is an open platform-based autonomous driving demonstration complex built by Gyeonggi-do in the 1st and 2nd Pangyo Technovalley to support the autonomous driving industry. Particularly, the Gyeonggi Autonomous Driving Center of the Advanced Institute of Convergence Technology, the operating organization of Pangyo Zero City, provides demonstration support for companies and collects and analyzes data by operating autonomous vehicles, and shares them with companies, allowing companies to test their autonomous driving technology in a more optimized environment. The center collects various data related to autonomous driving through Zero Shuttle, the first public autonomous driving car in Korea produced by Gyeonggi-do and the Advanced Institute of Convergence Technology to solve public transportation problems in the province. Zero Shuttle is a future car with level 4 technology that can fully perform autonomous driving in a specific section without human assistance.

Recently, autonomous driving has been converged with a wide variety of fields other than automobiles to provide mobility services. One of them is AI-based robot mobility service. AI robots are replacing human roles like delivery, serving, quarantine, crime prevention, and guidance through autonomous driving technology, and are expanding their role as a new member of smart cities. Also, autonomous drones that explore the surrounding environment by incorporating AI are also emerging in the field of autonomous mobility.

Companies gathering in Pangyo, where the dream of autonomous driving mobility comes true

The 4th Pangyo Autonomous Mobility Show held in the 1st and 2nd Pangyo Technovalley on Oct. 15 to 17 was the place to see the present and future of domestic autonomous driving technology and mobility service. At this event, various application fields and mobility services of autonomous driving technology were introduced, ranging from serving robots to autonomous drones and autonomous vehicles.

Dogugonggan changes the security paradigm with autonomous robots.

Dogugonggan has been providing robots customized for different environment from hardware to software and product design based on the original patent for driving technology of autonomous driving-remote control convergence algorithm. Dogugonggan has the autonomous driving patrol robot D-Bot Corso does not sleep, and also has Five Senses System. Corso is a robot which Dogugonggan purely developed in Korea. It can run at a maximum speed of 1.5m/s and can run for 8 hours continuously with a 4-hour charge. It is designed to withstand a payload of up to 100kg depending on the addition of the function, and can travel anywhere in the space where a wheelchair can be carried, and it can run stably on a slope of up to 10 degrees.

Bare Robotics, leading the change in the food service industry with mobility service

Bare Robotics is led by CEO Ha Jung-woo, a former Google engineer, developed the first autonomous serving robot Penny in Silicon Valley, USA in 2017. Last September, the company introduced the serving robot Servi by strategic partnership with SoftBank Robotics Group. Servi is the new name for Bear Robotics’ first serving robot, Penny. Servi uses a laser sensor LiDAR and a 3D camera to automatically detect and avoid obstacles even in a crowded restaurant, and successfully complete the serving to the customers’ tables without accidents. In addition, it performs various functions with the multi-functional tray to transport food and beverages and organize empty dishes.

VD Company leads innovative changes in mobility with AI technology

VD Company, which pioneered the serving robot market by introducing its serving robot PuduBot for the first time in Korea, supplies more than 200 units to more than 100 restaurants in Korea. These robots take more than 90% of serving robots in Korea. The autonomous driving robots that VD Company has unveiled are the serving robot PuduBot and the quarantine robot PuDoctor. PuduBot’ which won the Best of Best Award at the Red Dot Design Award’ has a multi-layered tray design that is tilted backwards to maintain the center of gravity above and below the robot’s center line, improving the carrying capacity of the PuduBot. Also, the suspension is installed to absorb shock, and the tray with non-slip mat and smooth motion control allow safe transportation.

The company that advances the future of autonomous vehicles, SWM

Most of the autonomous vehicles remain at the 3rd stage of conditional autonomous driving, but this company’s vehicles are in the early stage of 4th stage, which is the level that the system autonomously operates while the driver is on board, showing technological differences. SWM’s autonomous vehicle brand Armstrong is inertial navigation (INS) measurement technology, satellite navigation (GNSS) measurement technology, satellite inertial navigation (GNSS/INS) measurement technology, LIDAR sensor values, and pre-stored measurement sensing. Using value matching technology (MSF), it is possible to measure errors within a few centimeters within the city center. In addition, by fusion sensors such as LIDAR, Camera, and RADAR, information such as the location, distance, shape, color, speed, and direction of obstacles can be extracted.

UVify, the first company in the world to succeed in commercialization of swarm drone light show

UVify is a startup that designs and manufactures Ai-based autonomous flying drone software and swarm flying drones. UVify’s IFO drone is the only swarm flying product selected as the 2019 government drone regulatory sandbox operator by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. This product is the world’s first successful commercialization of the swarm light show drone product. It is equipped with a precise location recognition feature by using RTK-GNSS technology, enabling hundreds of drones to simultaneously perform flight missions without collision. The Flight Controller (flight control module) developed by UVify and the aircraft that is directly mass-produced in Korea have safely performed hundreds of swarm flights at home and abroad so far.

SteamMaker, a drone, robot, and AI convergence education company

SteamMaker is a coding education company well-known overseas with CupDrone, the product that anyone can easily make and learn the principles of drones with it. The company is pioneering a new business area with robot fusion drones that can make robots and drones with one cup drone and a motherboard. Along with this, it provides a service that enables easy access to coding education with play suitable for stages from elementary school students to college students. The drones provided by this company is paper cup version cup drone that can be made with paper cups and wooden chopsticks, 3D printing drone version made with a body printed by a 3D printer, special drone for practice’ that can be used to practice at home, and plastic drone that is made of strong materials and does not break.

Exarobotics contributes to the creation of smart cities with robot mobility

Exarobotics is supplying the world’s first smart building solution with a new concept by integrating AI robots, IoT systems, and integrated control system technologies through joint development and research of advanced technologies with outstanding companies in Korea and overseas. The company supplies advanced sensors and autonomous driving-based robots for living, medical, logistics, and industrial fields inside and outside various buildings for residential, lodging, commercial and medical purposes. The company has Korea’s latest AI robot platform that can be utilized in everyday life that work by advanced sensor and autonomous driving inside and outside the building with delivery and collection robot, serving robot that can replace waiters, intelligent virus sterilization robot, cooking robot that automatically cooks according to recipe, and laundry collecting robot.

Indoor autonomous robot & online platform specialist Twinny

Twinny researches and develops indoor autonomous mobile robot technology led by researchers from KAIST, and it introduced its autonomous logistics robot TarGo and the logistics train robot NarGo at PAMS 2020, and it introduced Twinny’s control system. Among them, TarGo is an autonomous logistics carrier that recognizes and follows subjects with a single touch, making it easy to use. The maximum speed is 1.2m per second, which is faster than human walking, and it can load up to 100kg in a spacious 200L space. It can operate for about eight hours on a single charge, and can use both battery exchange and port charging methods. Also, NarGo, which is the autonomous OR route-following logistics robot that runs like a train and transports a large amount of good. It is divided into User+Nargo follower (path-following type), where one worker operates several carts and Nargo leader (autonomous driving type)+Nargo follower (path-following type) which replaces the worker that leads Nargo with autonomous driving robots. In addition, Twinny is also supplying the control system that monitors and controls the status and service information of autonomous logistics robots.

Autonomous driving technology and mobility service find new value in Pangyo

According to the “2020 Pangyo Technovalley Resident Company Survey” conducted by Gyeonggido Business & Science Accelerator and Technology, the number of resident companies as of 2019 was 1,259, and about 93% of the resident companies were in high-tech industries such as IT, CT, BT, and NT and about 86% are SMEs. Pangyo Technovalley is equipped with cutting-edge technologies and innovative support systems that will lead Industry 4.0, meeting its reputation as the innovation hub of Asia.

The 1st Pangyo Technovalley has many companies with cutting-edge technologies in IT·CT·BT·NT. The 2nd Technovalley is a futuristic industrial complex specializing in autonomous vehicles, AI, big data, and smart cities with Zero City concept. The 3rd Technovalley will be created as a high-tech industrial complex that combines finance and ICT. This support system for revitalizing the high-tech industry and improving corporate competitiveness gave Pangyo the heart of the high-tech convergence industry in Korea. Now, Pangyo is emerging as the number one area where companies with core technologies that will lead Industry 4.0 want to create their bases in, and as the key location for innovative global business.