A research team led by an associate professor of Tokyo Institute of Technology developed a robot that can move around taking the shortest possible route without colliding with people and obstacles even in the crowd. The robot can know his location and learn the situation around him with the help of the image processing technology that can draw a map unaffected by the moves of people. Such preparations such drawing lines for leading are not necessary. This kind of autonomous locomotion is unprecedented. It contributes to the development of a robot useful in living environment, and creates a wide range of applications in such fields as household, public facilities, and distribution services. The team confirmed that the robot moved autonomously taking the shortest possible route precisely in the experiment conducted in the crowd of the school cafeteria.
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