As Japan’s population continues to shrink and age, Toyota has expanded into a more personal business domain as part of its Global Vision of Enriching Lives of Communities. That domain consists of partner robots that support individual mobility in a variety of ways by working closely with, and on behalf of, people. Going forward, we will deliver the mobility solutions needed by the society of the future.
It was at the 2005 Aichi Exposition that Toyota partner robots, empowered with the kindness and intelligence to assist people, reached a large audience for the first time. Bringing together our accumulated industrial robot technology, automotive control technology and the latest IT, we developed a bipedal robot that played an instrument and a future concept vehicle, among other robots. A mobility performance show highlighted the potential of partner robots.
Toyota partner robots are hard at work in an increasingly broad range of healthcare and nursing settings, where they assist with walking practice and rehabilitation. We are also pursuing a variety of projects, such as robots that live with families and assist them with daily life and robots that allow people to enjoy conversation. Toyota is working to deliver partner robots that enrich individual people’s lives by using our advanced technology as a mobility company.
Toyota’s development of partner robots continues to accelerate. These devices are expected to bring innovation to a variety of industries and fields. A new and fulfilling future that exceeds the imagination is dawning, based on new values created by partner robots.
Partner robot technology can also assist people's physical functions to support more active lifestyles.
Technology that enables precise movement, even when operated remotely, will revolutionize a variety of industries and fields, for example dangerous construction sites and extreme environments such as the ocean and space.