Autonomous Guidance Robot for the Visually Impaired "AI Suitcase"Demonstration at Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, JapanVerification of operation under the Expo special model

  • May 29, 2024

Alps Alpine Co., Ltd.
OMRON Corporation
Shimizu Corporation
IBM Japan, Ltd.
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation

Alps Alpine Co., Ltd. (President and CEO: Hideo Izumi), OMRON Corporation (President and CEO: Junta Tsujinaga), Shimizu Corporation (President and CEO: Kazuyuki Inoue), and IBM Japan, Ltd. (President: Akio Yamaguchi), a general incorporated association with four regular members: the Consortium for Advanced Assistive Mobility Platform (hereinafter referred to as "CAAMP"), announces that it will conduct a demonstration test of the "AI Suitcase" navigation robot for the visually impaired at Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan (hereinafter referred to as Expo 2025). CAAMP plans to operate multiple AI Suitcases simultaneously for an extended period of time, using a special model of AI Suitcase that is being developed primarily by the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Director: Chieko Asakawa; hereafter referred to as "Miraikan").

"AI Suitcase" is a suitcase-shaped robot being developed for the purpose of automatically guiding visually impaired people to their destinations. Through mutual technical cooperation between CAAMP and Miraikan, CAAMP and Miraikan have conducted demonstration tests of the navigation technology by ordinary users in indoor facilities such as large shopping malls, New Chitose Airport and Miraikan, as well as in outdoor spaces between Miraikan and the nearest train station. Since April of this year, we have been conducting regular daily test operations at Miraikan to accumulate more demonstration data to further improve navigation technology, such as guidance in crowded places and avoidance of obstacles.

In the "Smart Mobility Expo" area of the "Future Society Showcase Project," Expo 2025 plans to develop a "Robot Experience" in which various next-generation robots will be implemented and demonstrated at the venue. AI Suitcase has been selected as one of the planned participants. Miraikan will take the lead in developing a special Expo model for common use both indoors and outdoors, with improvements such as a new wheel mechanism with enhanced functionality for overcoming bumps and the addition of new sensors to recognize low-positioned obstacles, which CAAMP plans to use for demonstration purposes. By operating multiple AI suitcases simultaneously for a long period of time within the Expo site, CAAMP plans to verify the operational model and identify technical issues that need to be addressed before it can be implemented in society. The specific period and area of operation will be coordinated with the Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition.

笆シ Expo 2025 special model of AI suitcase (sample image)
20230529_01.jpg笆シSample image of AI suitcase usage
20230529_02.jpgReference: Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan "Future Society Showcase Project Exhibit" "Smart Mobility Expo" Call for Participation in the Robot Experience (Announcement published on 2024.1.19)

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