Robot as safety assistants

NEDO (Organization for the Development of New Energy and Industrial Technology) began August 3 a “Project Implementation robot assistants. This project is divided into five parts. The first objective is to conduct R & D on methods of verifying the security of this type of robots, to establish safety standards and, ultimately, to propose these standards to the world, the ultimate goal is to launch spam on the Japanese market. The other four components relate to the parallel development of four types of robots:
 – The robot supporting the autonomy of elderly and disabled (Panasonic).
 – Robots can move only in public spaces: applications to everyday life (Fuji Heavy Industry) and monitoring (Alsok, Rangefinder, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation Tokki System).
 – Clothing robot “HAL”, lavishing assistance muscle (Cyber dyne, University of Tsukuba).
 – A robot vehicle with which a disabled user can move (Toyota Motor, National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology, Four Link Systems).

 Interim results of the development process of robots will feed the project’s progress on safety standards, and vice versa.
 The project will last five years, from 2009 to 2013, under the leadership of Dr. Hirohisa Hirukawa, director of the Intelligent Systems Research Institute of AIST (National Institute of Adanced Industrial Science and Technology) in collaboration with the Center security research robots, which will be implemented within the AIST under the supplementary budget of 2009 [1]. The budget for the first year (2009) is 1.6 billion yen (around 12 million euros).

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