Combining its core competencies in robotics, artificial intelligence, and autonomous vehicles with a deep understanding of customer needs, LG Electronics announced that it is developing an autonomous robot that will use ultraviolet C (UV-C) light to disinfect high-touch, high-traffic areas. LG plans to offer the UV robot to hospitality, retail, corporate, and education customers in the United States in early 2021.
To be officially unveiled at Digital CES 2021, LG’s new robot is expected to enable a new standard of hygiene by helping to disinfect high-touch, high-traffic areas. Because of its autonomous design, the robot will be able to move easily around tables, chairs and other furniture, generally irradiating a room’s touchable surfaces in 15 to 30 minutes, disinfecting multiple areas on a single battery charge.
Engineered to be easy to operate, LG’s robot can be integrated into established cleaning routines without requiring extensive staff training or specialists to operate. Staff will be able to monitor progress via remote updates to mobile phones or tablets. Employee exposure to UV rays will be minimized through a built-in safety lock activated by human motion detection sensors, pressing an emergency stop button, or via the mobile application.