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South Korea to allow delivery robots on public roads in 2023

Delivery app Woowa and 7-Eleven start offering such services on trial basis

Convenience store chain 7-Eleven has tied up with a robot development startup to offer unmanned delivery services. (Photo courtesy of Lotte)

SEOUL -- Robots are being trialled to deliver food and other items in South Korea, which is planning to allow them on roads from 2023.

Woowa Brothers, operator of the country's biggest food delivery app, started using robots on a trial basis in 2020 while a convenience store chain started in November 2021. The government plans to develop such robots for export in the future.

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