Over the past decade or so, immense technological advancements have been made in the field of machine learning and robotics all over the world. One country that has been particularly aggressive in the adoption of robots for a variety of uses in Japan and currently there are plenty of companies that are involved in building robots for everyday use. Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is going to host the Olympics next year and the organizers have decided to use robots in a big way to take care of the event. The robots are going to be supplied by Japanese automotive giant Toyota, and they are going to be used for a wide variety of purposes.
In addition to traditional humanoid robots, other varieties of robots are also going to be used to take care of certain aspects of actual sporting events at the Olympics. Toyota is also going to supply the event with self-driving and battery-operated cars. On top of that, it has emerged that self-driving cars are going to be in charge of the transport of organizers as well as athletes who are going to be a part of the Olympics. In a revolutionary move, robots are also going to be used in sporting events like javelin and hammer throw. The robots which will be used in these events are going to retrieve the javelin and the hammers that have been thrown. Considering the fact that Toyota is one of the biggest sponsors of the Tokyo Olympics, the company is making a huge effort to make sure that their robots get a global exposure at the event.
The company wants to show that it is not merely a car manufacturer and the best way to showcase that is perhaps at the Olympics. The company as an Olympic and Paralympic Division to oversee the whole thing and its general manager, Masaaki Ito, spoke about the efforts. He said,
We want to use the Olympics and Paralympics that happen every two years as a milestone. 2020 will be a good time to show our transformation into a mobility company.
It is also important to note that robots are also going to be used to assist disabled spectators at the different events that are going to take place.