Panasonic Begins Demonstration Experiments of the Autonomous Delivery Robot, “HOSPI(R),” at an Airport and Hotel

13-Jan-2017 Intellasia | BusinessWire | 2:18 PM Print This Post

OSAKA, Japan–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#deliveryrobot–Panasonic Corporation today announced that it will begin its
demonstration experiments with the Autonomous Delivery Robot,
“HOSPI(R),” from mid-January 2017 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. Being recognized for these features, the
HOSPI(R) has already been adopted by 4 hospitals in Japan and other
countries for the delivery of pharmaceuticals and specimens.

In the demonstration experiments to be conducted, the robots will be
retrieving used dishware in the airport lounge and offering drink
service in the hotel lobby. 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).

[Video] Demonstration Experiments of HOSPI(R), the Autonomous Delivery
Robot, at an Airport and Hotel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkAOuyWWjaQ

Overview of the Demonstration Experiments

1. Drink service.

Period: Jan 14 (Sat) – 18 (Wed), 2017
Location: ANA Crowne Plaza
Narita, 1F Lobby
Description: The robot will move around the lobby
offering bottled beverages to hotel guests. It will also provide
information about bus departures.

2. Dishware collection.

Period: Jan 23 (Mon) – 27 (Fri), 2017
Location: Narita
International Airport, “Narita Travel Lounge”
Description:
The robot will retrieve used dishware and deliver them to the relevant
counter.

*At the moment, there are no plans to introduce the HOSPI(R) to the
Narita International Airport and the ANA Crowne Plaza Narita more
permanently. With its personal care robots, Panasonic will help realize
a safe, secure, and convenient lifestyle.

About Panasonic
Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the
development of diverse electronics technologies and solutions for
customers in the consumer electronics, housing, automotive, enterprise
solutions and device industries. Since its founding in 1918, the company
has expanded globally and now operates 474 subsidiaries and 94
associated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of
7.553 trillion yen for the year ended March 31, 2016. Committed to
pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the
company uses its technologies to create a better life and a better world
for its customers. To learn more about Panasonic: http://www.panasonic.com/global.

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