South Korea to use robot and drone delivery in smart logistics plan
The government of South Korea is launching a project to create a smart logistics infrastructure network designed to slash the time between customer orders and their delivery by drones and robotic vehicles to under an hour.
The announcement by South Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport was reported by the Korea Herald, which said the plan aims to enable rapid delivery of products in major cities by robots in 2026 and by drones the following year. The press release it quotes – which at publication of this article was still not available on the ministry’s English site – describes the creation of a fast logistics network based around micro-fulfillment centers (MFC) in key locations.
Those facilities are to be equipped with artificial intelligence applications that will use data flows to predict the ebbs and flows of order demands, proactively organize quick dispatch of goods, and manage inventories automatically.