Autonomous robot debuts at Narita

Written by: Alwyn Brice |
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Panasonic Corporation has been conducting the first demonstration experiment in an airport of its autonomous signage robot.

Signage HOSPI is an autonomous robot that is equipped with three displays on its body, and which will navigate itself through designated areas at Narita airport. By utilising the ability to detect people or objects and autonomously reduce speed, stop and avoid any such obstacles, the robot in the experiment will explore the potential of communicating information about items not allowed on board. It will also double as an advertising medium.

Thanks to its pre-installed map information and by using high performance sensors and a sophisticated obstacle avoidance algorithm, the robot can autonomously deliver a wide range of items safely and efficiently while recognising its surroundings and avoiding passers-by and obstacles

The test runs from January 15 to February 26.

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