The primary focus areas of Unmanned Solution, based in Seoul, Republic of Korea, are autonomous vehicle development, sensor fusion technology and ADAS technology. Unmanned Solution’s autonomous technology program encompasses a broad spectrum of activities, such as on-road vehicles, agricultural equipment, robots and autonomous systems integration. It also includes the development of an instructional platform for educational programs serving students studying autonomous and robotics technology.
To dig deeper into how Unmanned Solution is advancing autonomous technology, we sat down with Dr. Moon.
Moon: Unmanned Solution has designed a redundant, triple system for safety in our modular vehicle platforms. The vehicles can drive autonomously on a designated path, making navigation judgments along the way, delivering SAE Level 5 software and hardware capabilities. The vehicle platforms have been developed to accommodate a variety of service software and have the flexibility to be used by other manufacturers to deliver new forms of mobility.
Moon: Our mobility platform is designed as an electrical-based module chassis using Unmanned Solution’s proprietary technology. The chassis was developed in the form of three modular platforms – A, B and C – that support various autonomous mobility services. Platform A is designed to support delivery robots and security robots. Platform B supports shuttles and taxis. Platform C is for self-driving buses and trucks, enabling autonomous transportation of passengers and cargo.
Moon: Our delivery robots address parcel delivery service. They are not made for food delivery. The concept behind the robot is to assist the delivery worker by transporting goods for home delivery in areas not accessible by automobile.
How the delivery robot works is it waits in a designated station. When the delivery truck arrives, a worker loads the cargo onto the robot and then the robot delivers the packages. We envision the robot’s service area can be gradually expanded to include housing and apartment complexes.
Moon: The WITH:US shuttle is designed to replace the town shuttle bus. It can serve as a public transportation service for short-distance travel within a Smart City, operating as an on-demand service. The shuttle can deliver a ride sharing service for people moving to the same destination on a set path. It can also be used in connection with existing public transportation, providing first mile and last mile service.
Moon: Sensor reliability is very important for autonomous mobility and autonomous shuttles. For the past ten years, Unmanned Solution has tried many sensors. Velodyne Lidar provides the most reliable and most accurate lidar sensors we have used. We use Velodyne Lidar sensors for obstacle judgment and localization, and we have achieved good results.
Moon: We see agriculture, along with public transportation and logistics, as the most attractive markets for autonomous driving vehicles. The farmer population is decreasing; robots can help address this manpower problem.
Unmanned Solution has developed an autonomous solution from a highly-utilized tractor among agricultural machinery. We are in the process of commercializing an autonomous tractor kit in cooperation with a Korean agricultural machinery company.
We also have an autonomous driving spray robot under development to replace highly dangerous work, such as spraying pesticides. We are planning to announce a new model in 2021.
Moon: Unmanned Solution is planning mass production of our autonomous shuttles, delivery robots and security robots. We are also planning to build a new platform design that can support a wider variety of customer needs and rollout it out next year. We are looking to start using Velodyne’s Velarray™ and Velabit™ sensors. I want to use Velabit to secure data on the side of the new platform design. We will continue to focus on the Korean market in 2020 and gradually develop overseas markets.