2020 Summer Olympics

Robots could guide tourists and carry bags at 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

Olympics organisers also plan to have robots directing guests at venues and giving foreign language support to tourists

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 06 January, 2018, 4:02am
UPDATED : Saturday, 06 January, 2018, 10:38am

The organising committee of the 2020 Tokyo Games is set to draw up a draft plan by around March concerning the use of robot technology during the Summer Olympics and Paralympics, sources close to the matter said on Friday.

The organisers will start formulating a detailed outline to utilise cutting-edge technology to manage the games and accommodate spectators.

“Co-existence with humans and offering hospitality is the most important factor in the concept [for utilising robots],” said a committee source.

The committee has begun exchanging ideas with the Tokyo metropolitan government, government ministries and private businesses.

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Robots are planned to be used in a wide range of areas during the Tokyo Games, which has the vision of becoming “the most innovative in history”.

They are planned to direct guests at the venues and give foreign language support, in addition to carrying belongings of the elderly and disabled, according to another source.

Rio de Janeiro Olympic bronze medallist Jun Mizutani played against a “table tennis robot” in October, and the organisers are also mulling the possibility of giving spectators similar “sports experiences” at the venues.

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The Tokyo Olympics is expected to be held from July 24 to August 9, followed by the Paralympics from August 25 to September 6.