Highlighting JAPAN Vol.124 September 2018

installed on the steering handle, it uses an active lean system that detects your body weight and physical force, allowing it to move naturally in the direction you prefer, like skiing. The areas that you touch—such as the seat and handles—send out heartbeat-like pulses that allow the rider to remain aware of how fast he or she is traveling.feat made possible by real-time automated mapping and CanguRo’s ability to determine its location. fuRo has been developing SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) technology for many years that allows simultaneous mapping. While SLAM is being developed in various areas of the technology sector, the processing power of fuRo’s SLAM technology is one of the best in the world. CanguRo is therefore able to safely move around while avoiding obstacles in spaces full of people and their unpredictable movements.CanguRo can be summoned from a distance, a CanguRo can switch from Ride mode to “Roid” mode, depending on the situationOne of the robot’s features is an AI that makes the key technology behind the connectivity between people and CanguRo possible. “If it isn’t able to acknowledge its surroundings, CanguRo will not be able to serve as the user’s companion,” Furuta says. “That is where the AI comes in.” The AI will learn from the situations and scenes it encounters. For instance, if there is someone holding heavy objects, it will carry them. If someone collapses, it will call for assistance.“Creating an innovative robot-vehicle and making it part of society is my job,” Furuta says, looking into a companionable future. “I’m trying to allow more people to use and experience CanguRo by offering the technology to companies and eventually putting it out onto the market. I’d like to create a positive environment through CanguRo by helping the elderly and communities.” 25Ride ModeRoid Mode

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