Toyota to develop human support robots with Japanese AI specialists, Preferred Networks

Toyota Human Service Robotics

Toyota Motor is partnering with Japanese artificial intelligence and machine learning specialist Preferred Networks (PFN) to co-develop robots across multiple industries including healthcare and logistics, using Toyota’s own developed Human Support Robot (HSR) robotics platform.

The companies said that by combining their respective technologies and know-how, Toyota and PFN would develop service robots capable of learning in typical living environments and executing a variety of tasks. Toyota’s Human Support Robot, first developed in 2012, is intended to support independent living, including for the elderly and disabled. PFN, which specializes in software and hardware development for machine learning and connected devices, works in industrial applications across the manufacturing, automotive and healthcare industries

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