Ahead of the automatic delivery robot being able to run on public roads from next month, an event was held in Tokyo on the 27th to promote the robots developed by each company.
Automated delivery robots are expected to be put to practical use to solve the labor shortage in the logistics industry and vulnerable shoppers in depopulated areas, and the revised Road Traffic Law will come into effect from the 1st of next month, and if you notify in advance, you will be able to drive on public roads such as sidewalks and roadside strips.
On the 27th, an event was held on the premises of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Kasumigaseki, Tokyo, to promote automatic delivery robots, and eight robots developed by automobile and electronics manufacturers and online shopping companies were lined up at the venue.
Among them, a demonstration was held in which a product developed by Panasonic Holdings was demonstrated.
The robot was designed to deliver along a route set by remote control and automatically stop when an obstacle was detected, moving at the same speed as a person walking on the premises.
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has stated that the development of technology to enable many robots to run automatically at the same time is an issue for commercialization, and plans to support the early spread of robots.
Hiroyuki Ushijima, director of the Robot Delivery Association, a developer and manufacturer, said, "I hope that it will become a convenient society where robots deliver products whenever they want them."