Both the companies have collaborated on research and development that will utilize Toyota’s Human Support Robot (HSR) robotics platform. This platform, which was created in 2012, is a basic robot designed to be able to work alongside people in everyday settings.
The major uses of the platform include offering basic car and support assistance in nursing and long-term care applications. Since it is equipped with a display and cameras, it can gather and retrieve items, and provide remote control and communication capabilities.
Japan’s biggest automaker and Tokyo-based Preferred Networks Inc will carry out joint research to develop so-called service robots that are “capable of learning in typical living environments”. It is already using the robot as a platform for its advanced artificial intelligence software.
Toyota will be providing “several dozen” HSR units to Preferred Networks for the startup to work on, and then over the next three years, the two will collaborate on R&D, sharing the results of their work and the resulting intellectual property, with no restrictions on how either party uses the results of the joint work.