Evolution of ASIMO
Progress in intelligence technology has made it possible for two or more ASIMOs to act independently according to the situation while providing service in collaboration. Intelligence technology has also been developed to enable such movements for ASIMO as stepping aside to make room for an oncoming person or simply passing by the person, according to the person's movement. Additional intelligence technology allows ASIMO to carry out such tasks as carrying a tray or pushing a cart.
Another new function enables ASIMO to automatically recharge itself when there is little battery power remaining.
Networking two or more ASIMOs enables them to work in collaboration. Each ASIMO will share information on the current state of work of the other ASIMOs, and tasks will be allotted to each ASIMO according to the most efficient work allocation.
More specifically, the current position of each ASIMO and the distance to the location for carrying out a specific task are calculated, then taking the remaining battery power of each robot into account and using the most time-efficient overall allocation of work, each ASIMO does its work independently.
ASIMO calculates an oncoming person's direction of travel and speed from the images of its eye camera. Anticipating the person's movements, ASIMO creates its own optimum course so that it will not be in the person's way, and passes by the person.
If there is not enough space to pass an oncoming person, ASIMO will step aside to make room for the person.
A new charging station was developed to allow ASIMO to recharge itself on its own. When remaining battery power falls below the specified level, ASIMO automatically identifies the nearest vacant charging station and recharges itself while standing.