Toyota Reveals 5 Mobility Robots To Assist In Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Posted: Jul 22 2019, 5:11am CDT | by , in Technology News


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Toyota reveals 5 robots to assist in Tokyo 2020 Olympics
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The robots are expected to ramp up mobility efforts at the Olympic Games.

Japanese car manufacturing giant Toyota Motor Corp. has officially unveiled at least five of its robots that it plans to introduce in the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The robots are expected to welcome attendees to the games, help them interact with athletes remotely, project the game for viewers who are unable to watch the game in person, guide guests in the accessible seating area and to retrieve items for games like tennis.

The Tokyo Olympics is scheduled to take place from July 24 to August 9, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.

In a press release detailing its upcoming robots, Toyota said the move is part of its goal to provide mobility solutions apart from official vehicles for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the 2020 Olympics.

Toyota has taken part in the “Tokyo 2020 Robot Project,” which is led by the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in partnership with the government, the Tokyo Metropolitan government, as well as the Olympic Games’ partners that are experts in the field of robotics.

The development of the new robots build on the company’s commitment to support people who are unable to move on their own, including the elderly, which accounts for a large portion of Japan’s population.

The following are Toyota’s concept robots for the upcoming Olympic Games that will be held in the company’s own home market:

Mascot Robot Miraitowa / Someity (Mascot Robot)

- To welcome athletes and guests to official venues

- To entertain children during the games

- Installed with a camera mounted atop the robot's head

- Can recognize people nearby with its eyes, which it also uses to respond with a variety of expressions

T-HR3 (Humanoid Robot)

- To help guests in remote/distant locations interact with athletes

- To reproduce movement from a mascot robot in a remote location in real-time

- To provide images and sounds from remote locations

T-TR1 (Remote location communication robot)

- A virtual mobility/tele-presence robot developed by Toyota Research Institute in the United States

- Equipped with a camera atop a large, near-lifesize display

- Projects an image of a user from a remote location

- To let people who can't attend the games watch them virtually on a screen

Human Support Robot / DSR: Delivery Support Robot

- To guide guests to their seat and convey light meals, goods and more

- To deliver drinks and other goods to the audience, those that they have ordered from a dedicated tablet

- Expected to serve over 1,000 spectators at the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Field Support Robot

- Equipped with autonomous functions as part of throwing events like javelin

- Able to follow operating staff on a path to avoid obstacles while retrieving and conveying throwing items

- Reduces the amount of time needed to retrieve items

"At Toyota, we use industrial robot technology for a variety of applications based on our dedication to ‘Supporting human life activities and living in harmony with people,'" Nobuhiko Koga, Chief Officer of Toyota’s Frontier Research Center, said in a statement.

"As we transform into a mobility company, we are expanding our robotics efforts to provide all people with the freedom to move. ‘Mobility for all’ is not only the ‘physical’ movement of a person or thing from one location to another, but also includes ‘virtual’ mobility of a person," Nobuhiko added.

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