South Korean companies are using automated robots that can disinfect stores and dispense hand sanitizer to customers as the pandemic continues to accelerate the usage of such machines.
SK Telecom, the country’s largest mobile operator has deployed a robot at its headquarters as the country prepares to implement “distancing in daily life”.
The robot roams the lobby and is equipped with ultraviolet lamps and disinfectant sprays which allow it to disinfect the entire room in around 10 minutes.
It also scans employees in the lobby and checks their temperature, raising an alarm if they are above 37.5 degrees.
Using artificial intelligence it also recognises people without face masks and asks them to put one on, while approaching groups of people and politely asking them to disperse.
It comes as automation and in-store robots continue to experience a boon in implementation across the world as companies recognise their usefulness while social distancing measures continue.
Waymo, an autonomous driving company owned by Google’s parent Alphabet, has seen a spike in investment during the crisis, raising $750 million in mid-May.
While it initially focused on self-driving vehicles like taxis and trucks, it has signed deals with both Walmart and UPS for its delivery arm, dubbed Waymo Via.
“The reality right now is that goods delivery is a bigger market than moving people,” Waymo’s chief executive John Krafcik told Reuters.