Honda Develops Intelligence Technologies Enabling Multiple ASIMO Robots to Work Together in Coordination



    TOKYO, Dec. 18 /CNW/ - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has further advanced
intelligence technologies enabling its advanced humanoid robot ASIMO to act
autonomously and perform uninterrupted service to office guests.
    Honda developed an intelligence technology that enhances smooth movement
by enabling ASIMO to choose between stepping back and yielding the
right-of-way or continuing to walk based on the predicted movement of oncoming
people.
    Honda also developed a new intelligence technology related to ASIMO's
ability to perform tasks such as carrying a tray and pushing a cart. In
addition, a newly added function enables ASIMO to automatically charge its
battery when its remaining battery level falls below a certain level.
Furthermore, a new comprehensive system was developed so that multiple ASIMOs
can share tasks by adjusting to the situation and work together in
coordination to provide uninterrupted service. For example, if one ASIMO is
idled while recharging, other ASIMO robots will step in and perform assigned
tasks.
    Honda began test operations of two ASIMOs equipped with these newly
developed technologies on December 12, at the second floor lobby of Honda's
Aoyama, Japan headquarters.
    Since introducing an all-new ASIMO in 2005, with more advanced physical
and intelligence capabilities, Honda has focused its R&D efforts more on the
area of intelligence technologies.
    The newly developed technologies, which enable ASIMO to operate in an
environment with people and other ASIMOs, bring Honda one step closer to the
development of a humanoid robot that can be put to practical use in a real
world environment requiring coexistence with people.

    1. New function to work together

    In situations where more than one ASIMO works together, information
regarding the current status of each ASIMO will be shared constantly among the
multiple networked ASIMOs in order to share tasks in the most efficient
manner. More precisely, first, the distance between the current position of
each ASIMO and the site where each task needs to be performed will be
calculated. Then, taking remaining battery levels into consideration, the most
time efficient way to share tasks among the multiple ASIMOs will be
determined. Based on this decision, each ASIMO autonomously performs its
assigned tasks.

    2. New function to avoid oncoming people

    ASIMO identifies oncoming people through its eye camera, calculates
traveling direction and speed, predicts forthcoming movements of oncoming
people, and chooses the most appropriate path so that it will not block the
movement of others. When there is not enough space, ASIMO will step back and
yield the right-of-way.

    3. New autonomous battery charging function

    A new battery charging station was developed for ASIMO's autonomous
recharging. When the remaining battery level falls below a certain level,
ASIMO will automatically identify and walk to the closest available battery
charging station and re-charge while standing.

    Honda will continue its efforts to further advance intelligence
technologies with the goal to develop a robot that can be truly useful in a
real world environment where coexistence with humans is required.
    For more information about Honda's ASIMO visit http://asimo.honda.com.

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