‘Nursing’ Toyota Robot to be Unveiled

Carmaker Toyota will unveil a robot that can ‘nurse’ a human patient aimed at the infirm and elderly.

It will demonstrate the Human Support Robot (HSR) at IROS, the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems conference in Madrid next week.

Toyota says the HSR is a “mobility concept” and part of the Toyota Partner Robots family in line with a strategy “focusing on nursing, healthcare, short-distance transport and home living”. It claims the HSR is compact and mobile and uses a folding arm which it can perform several task such as pick up objects on the floor and retrieve items stored on shelves.

Gerard Killmann, Toyota Motor Europe vice-president R&D, said: “Toyota Motor Europe R&D Robotics makes a significant contribution to Toyota’s global research in specific areas of the science, such as perception. This is thanks to Europe’s advanced capabilities in computer vision. We believe that the HSR can help researchers and help accelerate technological advances in robotics. We are thrilled to be expanding our collaboration with additional European research organizations.”

Toyota has been making its HSR open innovation platform available to partners around the world through its HSR Developers’ Community formed in 2015 and now there are 44 partners in 12 countries using the HSR. In Europe, Toyota is supporting research in five universities, in the UK, Germany, France and The Netherlands.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_


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