As robot systems become more and more complex, they are more and more involved in people’s daily life. But before they can be widely used, these robots must be able to test in real environments with mixed and unpredictable personnel. Panasonic said recently that it is testing a novel robot mobile system. Its feature is that on the basis of three motor-driven wheelchairs, it is equipped with the industry-leading intelligent following function.
Many robot companies, including Panasonic, are optimistic about the broad prospects of the personal “mobile” device market.
The planned test is expected to start in September in the closed area of Gaolun gateway station in Tokyo metropolitan area to evaluate the performance of the equipment in semi outdoor environment.
Panasonic said that one of the three electric wheelchairs will be operated by station staff, and then the second and third robots will follow the first car like ducks.
The most important thing in the test is to check the automatic braking ability of the robot. If a person passes through the motorcade, the robot system must be able to sense and make corresponding actions (decelerate or stop), and resume to move after the obstacle is removed.
Panasonic’s ultimate goal is to develop a mobile system that can completely get rid of the automatic operation of human leaders, so as to open up a new way for more complex applications.