Narita Airport Testing Robot That Helps Clear Used Dishes (News)

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Narita, Chiba Pref., Jan. 23 (Jiji Press)—The operator of Narita International Airport launched a demonstration trial on Monday for a robot that takes away the used dishes of lounge users at the airport in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo.

Testing the clear-up robot at a Narita International Airport lounge on January 23, 2017. (© Jiji)

Narita International Airport plans to promote the use of robots to improve passenger service ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

During the five-day test in an airport lounge, the operator will give users a questionnaire, including on the usability of the robot.

The robot, HOSPI, developed by Japan's Panasonic to deliver drugs at hospitals, can move autonomously thanks to mapping information installed beforehand.

Equipped with a high-performance sensor, HOSPI moves around avoiding obstacles. The robot can halt if a person suddenly runs in front of it.

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