|13 January 2017|


Panasonic’s autonomous HOSPI(R) robot is to be trialled at a Tokyo airport and major hotel in the Japanese capital.

The global technology giant is collaborating with Narita International Airport Corporation and the ANA Crowne Plaza Narita to put the robots – which are already in service at four Japanese hospitals – to work “retrieving used dishware in the airport lounge and offering drink service in the hotel lobby”. The trial will take place this month.

“Based on preprogrammed map information and using high performance sensors and advanced collision-avoidance algorithm, the robot can move about while staying aware of its surroundings, enabling it to deliver items safely and efficiently without colliding into passersby or various objects along its route,” according to a Panasonic blog post.