Partner Robot

HISTORY

Embracing the challenges of a new society
Embracing the challenges of a new society
1980

Introduction of industrial robots

During the 1970s and 1980s, the Toyota Group introduced industrial robots that support human labor in a variety of processes such as welding and painting.

2000

Start of partner robot development

Toyota began developing partner robots that can coexist with and assist people by combining automotive technology, IT and other state-of-the-art technology with the industrial robot technology we developed at our manufacturing plants.

Exploring potential
Exploring potential
2004

Unveiling of the first partner robot

Toyota unveiled a partner robot that combines gentleness in the form of lightness and softness with intelligence that allows it to accomplish tasks such as the skillful use of tools.

Unveiling of the first partner robot
2005

Performances at the Aichi Exposition

Eight highly entertaining Toyota partner robots welcomed visitors with a spectacular show at the opening of the Aichi Exposition. The exquisitely orchestrated performances combined people with the i-unit, a futuristic one-person concept vehicle, and i-foot, a ridable walking robot. This show introduced audiences to the wonder of being able to move and live freely and to a new type of relationship between people and cars.

Performances at the Aichi Exposition
2007

Announcement of Toyota’s development vision

Toyota announced a development vision in four areas that comprise the principal fields in which partner robots will play a useful role: assisting with housework, nursing and healthcare assistance, manufacturing assistance and short-range personal mobility assistance. We also unveiled two new robots: a mobility robot and a violin-playing robot.

Announcement of Toyota’s development vision
Announcement of Toyota’s development vision
2008

Announcement of Winglet technology

Toyota announced Winglet, a compact next-generation mobility solution that’s easy to use and that expands the users’ range of activities with the goal of helping bring about a society where people can enjoy freedom of movement with peace of mind.

Announcement of Winglet technology
2009

Launch of the human support robot commercialization project

2010

Partner robot performances at the Shanghai Exposition

Toyota introduced a violin-playing robot at the Shanghai Exposition Japan Pavilion. The robot, which features a bipedal design that makes it more relatable, coordinates the movements of its arms and hands to finger the violin’s strings and play them with a bow, offering a multitextured performance that even includes vibrato.

Partner robot performances at the Shanghai Exposition
Giving shape to robots that meet social needs
Giving shape to robots that meet social needs
2011

Announcement of partner robots for nursing and healthcare assistance

Toyota announced four robots designed to offer nursing and healthcare assistance functionality: independent walking assistance, walking practice assistance, balance practice assistance and transfer care assistance.

Announcement of partner robots for nursing and healthcare assistance
2012

Development of a human support robot (HSR)

Toyota developed a human support robot (HSR) to help people with arm or leg disabilities live independently at home.

Development of a human support robot (HSR)
2013

Announcement of Torque Servo

● Exhibition at iREX 2013

Announcement of Torque Servo

● Exhibition at iREX 2013

Announcement of Torque Servo
2014

Start of trials of Toyota’s rehabilitation robot

Toyota improved the walking practice and balance practice assistance partner robots that it announced in the fields of nursing and healthcare assistance in 2011. A clinical research model was developed with the goal of providing rehabilitation assistance for people who have difficulty walking or balancing due to illness or injury and field trials began.

Start of trials of Toyota’s rehabilitation robot
Start of trials of Toyota’s rehabilitation robot
2015

Launch of a community to promote the development of technologies together with research institutions and other entities in the aim of commercializing human support robots.

Members of the HSR Development Community used human support robots (HSRs), on loan from Toyota, to promote the development of technologies that improve robot functionality for providing assistance to disabled individuals and the elderly.

● Exhibition at iREX 2015

● Exhibition at iREX 2015

Launch of a community to promote the development of technologies together with research institutions and other entities in the aim of commercializing human support robots.
Preparing for implementation in society and the creation of additional value
Preparing for implementation in society and the creation of additional value
2017

Start of rentals of the Welwalk WW-1000 rehabilitation assistance robot

Start of rentals of the Welwalk WW-1000 rehabilitation assistance robot
2017

Adoption of Toyota’s human support robot (HSR) as a platform at the RoboCup international competition

● Exhibition at RoboCup 2017

● Exhibition at RoboCup 2017

Adoption of Toyota’s human support robot (HSR) as a platform at the RoboCup international competition
2017

Announcement of the T-HR3 third-generation humanoid robot

Toyota announced a remote controlled humanoid robot that uses a torque servo module to control force (torque) and a master control system that allows the robot’s entire body to be freely manipulated.

● Exhibition at iREX 2017

Announcement of the T-HR3 third-generation humanoid robot

● Exhibition at iREX 2017

Announcement of the T-HR3 third-generation humanoid robot