Robot Guides Start Working at Yokohama Landmark Tower

Economy

Yokohama, Dec. 11 (Jiji Press)--Humanoid robots started introducing sightseeing spots in Yokohama to visitors at the observation deck of the Landmark Tower on Tuesday.

Able to speak in English and Chinese as well as Japanese, the EMIEW 3 robots, developed in April 2016 by Hitachi Ltd. <6501>, are expected to be welcomed by foreign visitors who want to know where to visit in the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo.

Each robot is 90 centimeters tall and moves around freely using four wheels located on its feet. EMIEW stands for Excellent Mobility and Interactive Existence as Workmate, Hitachi said.

Equipped with 14 microphones, the EMIEW 3 is able to communicate with people even in a crowded area by using artificial intelligence and other technologies.

The robot went through trials at many facilities, including providing people with help on train routes at Tokyo Station, to expand its functions, such as language processing.

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