The days of workers using trolleys are over in Korea. Korean Robotics startup Yujin Robots has created “GoCart” an autonomous robot that can deliver all kinds of supplies. They have been field tested at Eulji University Medical Center in Daejeon, South Korea for almost a year now. With GoCart taking care of the delivery duties, the staff was able to focus more on patient care and support. The only man power required is for loading and unloading of supplies and items onto the GoCart. Gis small and smart enough to navigate through crowds using 3D sensors and laser scanners to detect obstacles and plan alternative routes. GoCart is about the size of a normal human and is capable of going through crowds, elevators, sliding doors using 3D sensors and laser scanners which can detect obstacles and find different pathways. The GoCart can be linked with smartphones, tablets, and even smart TVs.
GoCart is about the size of a normal human and is capable of going through crowds, elevators, sliding doors using 3D sensors and laser scanners which can detect obstacles and find different pathways. Even if a person suddenly stops in front of the GoCart it can react quickly enough to stop and find an alternative path. GoCart was designed mainly to be used in elderly care hospitals. The main use has been transporting meals and dirty dishes to and away from patients. It can carry up to 300kg. GoCarts can work alone or as a fleet that can communicate with each other. They are even coming out with a GoCart Mini which will be even better at navigating through a crowd or tight spaces. This will be perfect for labs and hospitals that need to transport samples and make deliveries. GoCart learns as it operates so it can be used immediately without having to establish new infrastructures. Add that to the low cost and you should see GoCart in most Korean hospitals by the end of 2017. Yujin Robot’s CEO Shin Kyeong-cheol has stated that he hopes to have the GoCart commercialized sometime in 2017.