DNV and the Korea Institute for Robot Industry Advancement (KIRIA) have extended their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate in the fields of cybersecurity and artificial intelligence in the robotics industry. The purpose of this extension is to support the international development of Korea’s growing robotics industry and facilitate its entry into the European Union (EU) market.
Under the extended MoU, DNV and KIRIA will share technical and regulatory information about robots and relevant components. They will also cooperate in exchanging technical visits to review safety standards and explore the option of jointly providing advisory services to the Korean robot industry regarding safety standards. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to participate in the standardization process for robots.
The European Commission has recently implemented new legislation, the Machinery Regulation and the Artificial Intelligence Act, to enhance the safety and performance of machinery, including robots. Manufacturers of machinery, including robots, will need to comply with stricter product safety and sustainability requirements to access the European market. They will also need to address emerging risks in areas such as cybersecurity, human-machine interaction, and traceability of safety components and software behavior.
DNV, as an independent assurance and risk management provider, brings their expertise in technical standards development, assessments, certifications, and training to support the Korean robotics industry. KIRIA’s goal is to access regulated markets worldwide and ensure that appropriate standards are in place for manufacturers to meet.
By combining DNV’s capabilities in artificial intelligence assurance, functional safety, and cybersecurity with KIRIA’s ambition, this collaboration aims to drive the maturity and global growth of the Korean robotics industry.