South Korean airport to use robots to assist tourists, clean floors

Published on : Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Airport_robotVery soon, South Korea’s largest airport is likely to welcome robots, enabling travellers to find their way to the boarding gates and also maintain cleanliness in its floors while the nation gets all braced up for its first Winter Olympics game.


From this month onwards, a self-driving robot, Troika, created by LG Electronics would be roaming through the Incheon International Airport.


Troika would keep roaming through the airport, telling travellers how long it takes to reach the boarding gates and escort them to their flights. Furthermore, a jumbo cleaning robot would also be assisting the cleaning staff to help cleansing the vast expanses of floors in the airport based in the western part of Seoul.


This robot measures about the size of a young teen.


It flaunts a rectangular display on its front and resembles a giant smartphone screen capable of showing flight information, weather data and an airport map.


It also possesses a partly rounded head with a flat touchscreen face displaying smiling eyes. The guiding bot then responds to its name.


In addition, travllers can just insert their tickets to its scanner to obtain information. Then, Troika would inquire if they wish to be escorted to their gates. It measures about 4 foot 6 inches. The concept of robotics is gaining popularity in South Korea where several big businesses are gaining ground.


The researchers of South Korea have won many awards in the international robot competitions.


Incheon International Airport Corporation also believes that it is the very first airport enriched with service-oriented robots.


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