Panasonic has begun demonstration experiments with its autonomous delivery robot, HOSPI-R, which will perform tasks such as serving drinks and collecting used dishes in cooperation with the Narita International Airport Corporation and the ANA Crowne Plaza Narita.
HOSPI-R is a robot that can deliver goods autonomously on behalf of humans. 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.
Unlike traditional delivery systems, equipment does not need to be embedded into the walls or ceilings, and guide tapes do not have to be laid down along the route, so delivery destinations and layout changes to facilities may be easily made and at low cost.
In the demo experiment in the ANA Crowne Plaza Narita lobby – currently in progress, which will wrap up on Wednesday – the robot will move around the lobby offering bottled beverages to hotel guests. It will also provide information about bus departures.
For the experiment in the Narita Travel Lounge – which runs from Jan 23-27 – the robot will retrieve used dishware and deliver them to the relevant counter.
Through these demonstration experiments, Panasonic will be verifying the utility of the HOSPI-R in performing other types of delivery services and accelerating the commercial development of the HOSPI-R.
TheHOSPI-R has already been adopted by four hospitals in Japan and other countries for the delivery of pharmaceuticals and specimens.
Panasonic said there are no plans at the moment to introduce theHOSPI-R to Narita International Airport and the ANA Crowne Plaza Narita on a permanent basis.