Japan Airport Terminal Co, has signed a memorandum of understanding with robotics and autonomous technology company CYBERDYNE, pioneering the route for Tokyo’s Haneda Airport to become a testing ground for the latest generation of robotics.
Among the technology to be trialed is the Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL), worn by the user the lumbar support significantly increases the user’s efficiency and safety when undertaking loading tasks.
The HAL will be used by baggage handlers and staff who’s roles involve handling heavy merchandise. The wearable robotic technology can read the users bio-electric signals and recognize the type of motion they are intending to undertake. It will then assist the motion and allow the user to exert much greater strength and power to complete the task.
Cylindrical robots will also play a large role in the airport, deployed to help passengers transport heavy luggage throughout the terminal and to automate and improve the efficiency of the cleaning process. Once the robots have completed each task, they will automatically dock themselves for charging.
A press release from the companies stated; “Starting with the MOU, the two companies will jointly work with all parties concerned to create a future vision, the first of its kind in the world, for putting robotics technology into use at airports and making Haneda Airport an even more attractive airport.”
To Learn more about the robotic partnership please visit the Cyberdyne website.