Pointers at Glance
- An autonomous robot delivery platform startup, Neubility, collaborates with Samsung to launch delivery robots onto golf courses.
- Neubility plans to roll out more than 200 delivery robots for last-mile sidewalk deliveries by the end of 2022.
Delivery robots keep expanding their market while helping golf clubs’ technological makeovers. Neubility, an autonomous robot delivery platform startup, has launched the world’s first self-driving robot service on a golf course.
Neubility had an agreement with Korean Food Service Company Samsung Welstory to provide autonomous delivery robots and aims to commercialize such services for golf courses from October. It will provide robots to various locally renowned golf courses in Korea.
Since last March, Neubility has test-operated robots and has completed preliminary tests with flawless results. Even in a challenging mountainous environment featuring narrow and curved courses, the delivery robots have successfully fulfilled their duties, leading to full-scale commercialization.
With the commercialization of self-driving robots, golf courses are projected to change even in operation. Specifically, many millennials and Gen-Z who are brilliant, IT-literate, and less resistant to untact culture have started enjoying golf, which is anticipated to speed up the age of intelligent golf.
Starting with the commercial launch of delivery service in golf courses, Neubility plans to roll out more than 200 robots for last-mile sidewalk deliveries of F&B & retail by the end of the year, heightening public attention around the country.
On one side, substantial local companies in logistics, distribution, telecommunications, and platform services, including Lotte, Shinsegae, Kakao Investment, SK-Telecom, and others, participated in Neubility’s series A funding worth $21 million, grabbing keen attention from the market.
The CEO of Neubility, Sangmin Lee, says that the robot system successfully went through several verification processes, from demonstration testing to commercialization. He said that they would continue their efforts to roll out robot delivery services in different fields, including parks & resorts, university campuses, and corporate facilities where last-mile robots can be most often used.