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Combining its core competencies in robotics, artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles with a deep understanding of customer needs, LG Electronics has announced the development of an autonomous robot using ultraviolet C (UV-C) 1 light to disinfect high-touch high-traffic areas

LG UV Robot Side ViewThe LG’s robot can be integrated into established cleaning routines without requiring extensive training of staff or specialists. (Image source: LG Electronics)

LG plans to offer the UV robot to hospitality, retail, corporate and educational clients in the US at the beginning of 2021.

“This autonomous UV robot comes at a time when hygiene is of the highest priority for hotel guests, students and restaurant customers,” said vice-president Roh Kyu-chan, head of the robot business division in LG’s Business Solutions Company. “Consumers can have peace of mind that the LG UV robot will help reduce their exposure to potentially harmful germs.”

LG’s new robot, to be officially unveiled at Digital CES 2021, is expected to enable a new standard of hygiene by helping to disinfect high-touch high-traffic areas. Due to its self-contained design, the robot will be able to move easily around tables, chairs, and other furniture, generally radiating the room’s touchable surfaces in 15-30 minutes, disinfecting multiple areas with a single battery charge.

Designed to be easy to operate, the LG’s robot can be integrated into established cleaning routines without requiring extensive training of staff or specialists. Staff will be able to monitor progress through remote updates to mobile phones or tablets. Employee exposure to UV rays shall be minimised by means of an integrated safety lock activated by a human motion detection sensor, by pressing an emergency stop button or a mobile application.

“A higher level of hygiene will be expected by customers in the contactless ecosystem which we are now facing,” Roh said. “LG is committed to leveraging its diverse expertise in robotics, artificial intelligence and autonomous driving to develop creative solutions to tackle tomorrow’s challenges.”