By The Nation
Japan’s top auto maker has also designed four robots to assist and engage with athletes and spectators, while also facilitating remote participation, according to Games organizers.
Toyota will deploy approximately 200 short-distance battery electric vehicles to transport athletes, staff and visitors with accessibility needs around venues. The APMs, which can carry five passengers and travel 100 kilometres on a single charge, will also support relief activities.
Along with providing solutions for an ageing population and fans who would previously not have been able to attend, the technology will help reduce Tokyo 2020’s environmental burden to historically low levels.
The Tokyo 2020 Robot Project is also a major component of Toyota’s mobility innovations. Four different types of robot will assist spectators, athletes and officials at venues, and encourage virtual participation by fans watching remotely by relaying sounds and images.
IOC member Khunying Patama Leewasastrakul said: “Toyota has also developed robots designed to collect equipment from the field events such as hammer, discus and javelin. They are able to follow and retrieve the equipment instead of us having to use officials.”