JR to build team of robots to help travelers, catch criminals in its stations

By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

East Japan Railways (JR East) has announced the formation of JRE Robotics Station. While that may sound like a special train station for robots to use as they make their way around the country, the truth is a little different, though no less cool.

Despite the name, Japan Railways does more than operate a train network. The company is also part of the property management, hospitality, and technology industries, and JRE Robotics Station is a new company that JR East has set up to give an extra push to its robotics development projects. In particular, JRE Robotics Station will be focusing on robots with one of four functional classifications.

The company will be designing guidance robots to help travelers find their way around stations and get to their trains. In addition to helping Japanese locals, these robots will be equipped with multi-language capabilities to assist Japan’s increasing number of foreign visitors.

Also on the to-design list are self-piloting robots that can carry travelers’ luggage for them, although their primary purpose will be to assist travelers with disabilities, as opposed to acting like robot bellhops for those without such conditions.

JRE Robotics Station will also be looking into creating automatons to handle cleaning duties, as well as security robots that, according to concept art from the company, will be able to detect shoplifters.

With JR East also managing a number of shopping centers and hotels, such robots would be deployed not just within train stations, but in other JR properties as well. At the moment, no timetable has been announced for the introduction of the still-in-development machines, so we may have to wait a while until we actually see robots popping out of the walls to help us buy our train tickets.

Source: JR East via IT Media

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I find the Japanese faith in robots and technology solving all of society's problems and labour issues touchingly naive.

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Here comes the rise of the anti Chikan bot. Guilty until proven.....Well, no. Just guilty.

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Destroy all humans.

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They look a little like the Blue Meanies in Yellow Submarine.

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Lol, this just in

"A security robot just drowned itself, so score one for mankind"

The Knightscope security robot was supposed to patrol the Georgetown Waterfront, a ritzy shopping-and-office complex along the Washington Harbour in D.C. But the pressure was too much for the rolling robot, which can turn, beep, and whistle in order to maintain order. It rolled into a fountain and drowned itself on Monday.

"We were promised flying cars, instead we got suicidal robots."

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When the anger builds up, attacks against robots will increase. If that Knightscape security robot had not drowned itself, some drunk might just as easily kicked it off the waterfront.

When robots become armed for self-defense, and more spatially aware, then we humans will be in trouble.

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JR already has a team of robots to help travelers - Japanese employees. And all companies in every sector have them, too. As feared, they are utterly useless.

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