According to The Asahi Shimbun, robots may not be taking over yet, but they are becoming sufficiently advanced to guide passengers who need help at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.
Hitachi Ltd. started running a demonstration experiment on the Emiew 3 robot in the Terminal 2 building of the airport in Tokyo.
The robot greets tourists at a dedicated counter and provides information on shops and facilities using an information display set up beside the counter. It can show, for example, the location of the nearest bathroom on the displayed map.
The robot provides a multilingual service, including in English, Chinese and Japanese.
Moving as fast as a human with wheels under each foot, the robot can also lead a tourist to the desired destination in the building.
The 90-centimeter tall Emiew 3 weighs 15 kilograms and is “mentally” powered by artificial intelligence to understand languages that people speak.
Hitachi is testing the robot to see if it can recognize speech sounds in a noisy environment and can move stably in different locations. The company aims to put it into practical use in fiscal 2018.
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